For the writer, Giuseppe Berto, who chose to make his home there, Capo Vaticano was “La Costa Bella” (The Beautiful Coast), but for the French of “Les Grands Voyageurs” it is also one of the “one of the hundred most beautiful beaches in the world,” not to mention “one of the three most beautiful in Italy”. It is a corner of the Mediterranean waiting to be explored… “It is important to see this unknown spectacle of our wild, sombre and hazy seas at least once,” wrote François Lenormant (famous French traveller).
All of this does not deprive the tourist of other pleasurable and interesting discoveries to be made amid the splendours of the natural backdrop of the hinterland or in its deliciously renowned gastronomic traditions, here, in every corner.
The rocky headland of Capo Vaticano, located on the side of Calabria overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, stands on the western face of Mount Poro at an altitude of 284 metres and forms a natural divide between the Gulfs of Gioia and Sant’Eufemia. Legend has it that in ancient times there was an oracle that used stay on the headland and local sailors would consult him before setting out to sea. They would visit him in the cave in which he lived – located below the cliff that was named after him – Mantineo (manteuo in Greek) which means “to communicate the divine will”.
Before the tourism boom Ricadi – Capo Vaticano was a small fishing village.
Subsequently the purity of its sea waters and the picturesque landscapes of its coastline have continued to attract increasing numbers of visitors.
The coastline’s jewel in the crown is Capo Vaticano, a major seaside resort and with its white sands an area of fabulous natural beauty.
Today, Capo Vaticano is still considered an untarnished area that boasts exceptional areas of beauty – in just twelve kilometres of crystal clear blue waters that take on an infinite variety of colours ranging from turquoise to deep blue and sky blue, there are a succession of panoramas of indescribably charming beauty.
The sea surrounding Capo Vaticano is perfect for diving and for exploring the amazing sea beds that are inhabited by Italy’s most varied and multi-coloured fish population – all thanks to the effects of the currents arriving from the gulf of Sant’Eufemia to the north and Gioia to the south. And it is impossible to ignore the sunsets over the nearby Aeolian Islands – that are so difficult to put into words… that they have to be experienced in person.
The stretch of headland of Capo Vaticano that extends in the direction of Tropea – Parghelia features some lush green gardens renowned for their “Tropean Red” – we are talking, of course, about the red onion of Tropea.