Calabria - Tropea

Castles, resort and hotels list in Tropea
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Il Convento della Pietà - Tropea
Stylish, romantic and full of Mediterrean´s mysterious and special light.
Probably the most beautiful accomodation in Tropea...
To say that a certain place has the most fortunate history in Calabria may not be the greatest of complements. And it is not as if this locale escaped centuries of pirate invasions (on the contrary, for it is on the sea), many different rulers from throughout the Western world and beyond, repeated earthquakes and the stagnation of recent times. But while the decline of "recent times" in the rest of Calabria may by traced back to the fall of the Swabians (late 1200s), the noble town of Tropea, stunningly built on cliffs above the Tyrrhenian Sea, enjoyed a relatively high level of freedom and prosperity until much later (1800s). Why should they have been so lucky? The reason is perhaps quite a simple one: Tropea residents managed to back the right boat in every battle for the region. Beginning with the Normans (11th century), Tropea demonstrated particular loyalty to each ruling house, and as a reward obtained special trade and other privileges. The town took a big gamble when backing the Aragonese, who came to power in 1442 during a rather turbulent period in Calabrian politics. At one point during the power struggle Tropea may have been the only remaining Aragonese supporter (as recorded on the town's coat of arms: sola Tropea sub fidelitate remansit: only Tropea remains faithful), but in the end the Spaniards were victorious. The victors rewarded their greatest ally with many additional privileges. While the rest of Calabria was to sink into a feudal quagmire from which it has only recently emerged, Tropea was to remain a direct demesne of the Aragonese (and later Bourbon) princes. This meant that the town was ruled directly by the princes, without any intermediary feudal lords who tended to severely limit their subjects' freedom. Tropea received other rights aiding its commerce, and was even granted land of its own, which included some 24 surrounding hamlets. With all of these advantages the town became a very wealthy commercial center, attracting many merchants and noble families, evidence of whom is still visible in the town's remaining palazzi.


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