Santuario di Santa Maria dell’Isola

Tropea, Italy

Surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Santuario di Santa Maria dell’Isola is in the town of Tropea in the Province of Vibo Valentia. While its history is uncertain, the area is known to have come under the auspices of Basilian monks of the Eastern rite some time during the early Middle Ages. In the 11th century, the island’s religious reigns were passed to the Benedictines under guidance of the Normans. Tropea and the surrounding communities were gradually Latinized, and interestingly, the Abbey of Montecassino has held dominion over the island sanctuary for over 1,000 years.

Little of the original structure remains due to the devastating earthquakes of 1783 and 1905. Today, Santa Maria dell’Isola has become one of Calabria’s most internationally recognized symbols.



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Via Lungomare 32, Tropea, Italy
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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy


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Nataliia Cheban (14 months ago)
Super nice view, but if you want to go beide the church, be aware of the specific working hours, otherwise the gates will be closed.
Jana Schnaubeltová (18 months ago)
Nice church, nice wiews on the sea and nice garden with interesting trees.recomand to visit.
Gerard Sylvester (2 years ago)
A quaint church atop a hill. Entrance is free but the entry to the garden behind is paid. A postcard photo of the Tropea coastline is guaranteed from the top.
Harry's Wanderlust (2 years ago)
Nicely located church on a single rock with a great view. Church is free to visit. Architectural nothing special though. Garden is with a small fee (3 EUR), which is worth it for a great view. Garden itself looks a bit neglected.
Dennis Bonello (2 years ago)
a very nice and spectecular view here you can visit the church of santa maria dell isola also there is a garden with an extra cost to view it there is long stairs to reach the top but it's more than worth it
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