RICADI

The historical importance of Ricadi is evidenced by several archaeological findings discovered in the area. Overhanging cliffs, sand beaches, cave and inlets that can be reached only by sea, alternate along the seashore. Before the tourism boom, Ricadi was a small fishing village. Later, clean sea water and suggestive landscapes attracted an increasing number of tourists. Capo villages, the so-called casali, share their history with Tropea that dominated them for a long period. In 1806, under Joseph Napoleon, king of the two Sicilies, the kingdom was divided into Provinces, Districts and Communities, and Ricadi was assigned to the Province of Calabria Ulteriore, District of Monteleone, Community of Tropea. In 1808, by Napoleone’s Royal Assent, Ricadi was established as an independent municipality with its own mayor. Probably, the hamlets of S. Domenica, Ciaramiti, S. Nicolò, Brivadi, Orsigliadi and Brattirò were first assigned to Ricadi jurisdiction. Later, Brattirò was assigned to Drapia, and Lampazzone and Barbalaconi, that belonged to Spilinga, were included into Ricadi territory. In 1894, following the construction of the Naples-Reggio Calabria railway, Ricadi began to develop both economically and socially.




 


Address Piazza del Municipio
  89861 Tropea (VV)
Phone number 0963 663049
Website http://www.comune.ricadi.vv.it/
 

 

Thousands of tourists frequent the coast and they are comfortably accommodated in the area. The Grotta del palombaro, a deep cleft in the granite rock and the three Grotticelle bays bordered by Capo Vaticano promontory, deserve a visit. These sites are among the most fascinating bathing resorts in Ricadi. The remarkable Formicoli sea beds consist of an expanse of rocks where many species of fish live. Another bathing resort is Santa Domenica, a lovely village located along the Costa degli Dei.

Three of the several watch towers that had to protect the area from Saracen raids still stand along Ricadi coast: Torre Marrana, Torre Ruffa and Torre Bali. The fascinating ruined watch tower rises in an isolated position on an overhanging rock, near Brivadi. The round granite and limestone tower is about 10 m high, and is located 2 km far from the coast. It was in connection with Capo Vaticano Tower and Ruffa Tower to signal the arrival of Saracen ships.



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