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Tropea, Calabrian pearl

 

Tropea (ancient Trapeia) is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria (southern Italy).

The town is a famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. Euphemia connected with the mainland by a narrow strip in the Tyrrhenian Sea, toward the south with respect to Vibo Valentia and northward with respect to Ricadi and Capo Vaticano.

Many villages around Tropea produce a particular quality of red onion. In Italy these onions are so famous that cipolla di Tropea (“Tropea onion” or “Tropea’s onion”) has become an Italian synonym for all red onions. One of the gelaterias in town, Tonino in the Corso, even makes a red onion ice cream (as well as others based on squid ink and nduja, the local spicy salami).

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