Scalea via Tropea to Villa San Giovanni to travel to Messina in Sicily
RP 16. Tropea.
This route travels along the coast in the region of Calabria the toe of the boot in southern Italy to the ferry port of Villa San Giovanni to travel to Messina in Sicily. The warm climate, the beautiful colours of the sea, rocky coasts that alternate with sandy beaches, a nature that is wild and mysterious, the strong and genuine flavors of local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place that can be enjoyed in both winter and summer. I have not highlighted any coffee stops as there are many cafes along the route, but I have suggested a lunch stop at RP 12 Vibo Marina where you have a good choice of waterside restaurants to choose from. Late September and October is an excellent time to explore this underrated and often misunderstood region – and savour some of the spiciest cuisine in Italy, thanks to the famous Calabrian hot chilli pepper (pepperoncino), found in most typical Calabrian dishes.

Calabria’s backbone is the southern stretch of the Apennine mountain range that curves down to the tip of Sicily and offers you an alternative inland view away from the crystal blue glistening Tyrrhenian Sea.
After lunch the route will take you along the “Costa degli Dei” (Coast of the Gods) or “Costa Bella” (Beautiful Coast) these are the names given to the stretch of the southern Tyrrhenian Calabrian coast from RP 12 - RP 20. It includes the ancient and beautiful town of Tropea. Tropea is one of Calabria’s most important areas of historical interest. Many of the aristocratic buildings were built overhanging the sea and at some incredible heights, with windows and balconies that opened directly onto one of the most beautiful corners of the Mediterranean. Everything is surrounded by a maze of tight alleyways that open onto marvellous squares that suddenly look out over the sea below or onto the lush green terraces.

Following the coast with some elevated viewpoints and lots of photo opportunities you will arrive at the ferry port of Villa San Giovanni to catch the ferry to Sicily.

Ferry Information:
The ferry from the mainland leaves from Villa San Giovanni every 40 minutes and takes about 20 minutes to cross to Messina. There is no need to book and 2020 prices for a motorcycle and rider with a 90 days return ticket was € 22.00 + 6.00.




RP 4. Cirella Island and defensive tower.
RP 12. Vibo Marina for lunch.
Useful links:
Start, Hotel Talao, Scalea.
Route number 8

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About this region
Calabria (UK: , US: , Italian: [kaˈlaːbrja]; Calabrian: Calàbbria; Calabrian Greek: Calavría; Greek: Καλαβρία; Arbëreshë Albanian: Kalavrì), known in antiquity as Bruttium (US: ), is a region in Southern Italy. The capital city of Calabria is Catanzaro. The Regional Council of Calabria is based at the Palazzo Campanella in the city of Reggio Calabria. The region is bordered to the north by the Basilicata Region, to the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and to the east by the Ionian Sea. The Strait of Messina separates it from the island of Sicily. The region covers 15,080 km2 (5,822 sq mi) and has a population of just under 2 million. The demonym of Calabria is calabrese in Italian and Calabrian in English. In antiquity the name Calabria referred, not as in modern times to the toe, but to the heel tip of Italy, from Tarentum southwards, a region nowadays known as Salento.
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View route collection An epic tour down the west coast of Italy to Sicily
About this route collection
This tour of 11 routes has been designed to take you to many of the well known sites in Italy, it even includes some lesser known sites that I think you'll enjoy too.
When they can, the routes will take you as close as you can get to the sites, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa just 100 m from where you park, or the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence where you'll pass right by the end of it and one route takes you as far as you can go up the active volcano Mount Etna.
I said this is a tour of 11 routes and not 11 days because I think you should stop an extra night at one or two places to really enjoy everything that Italy has to offer. For instance; an extra night at La Spezia gives you the opportunity to visit the famous chain of five picturesque seaside fishing villages known as the Cinque Terre. An extra night at the volcanic crater lake - Lake Bracciano, will allow you to take a short train ride into the city Rome to see all of her sights. I'd like an extra night at Salerno to ride the Amalfi Coast road again and another at Cefalu on the island of Sicily to enjoy the spectacular coastline.
What better way to discover amazing Italy than on a road tour? With 80% of world heritage sites, an Italian road tour surely promises an experience worth living!
From a motorcyclist’s point of view, Italy is among the best places in the world to ride. Twisty roads, close distances between sea, hills and mountains – you only need to ride a few miles and the landscape changes completely. Excellent food, good weather and reasonable costs make Italy an attractive touring place for bikers. Reasonably priced hotels and B&Bs; have been used with links to these on each route review.

Route highlights:
Route 1: The Italian Riviera and Portofino.
Route 2: Pisa, Florence and Siena.
Route 3. Volcanic crater lakes and the Tuscany landscape.
Route 4. Twisty roads through the foothills of the Lepini mountains.
Route 5. The Amalfi Coast road.
Route 6. The equally spectacular Cilento Coast road.
Route 7. Tropea and the Coast of Gods.
Route 8. Climbing Mount Etna and the incredibly twisty road to Cefalu.
Route 9. Twisty roads and The Valley of the Temples.
Route 10. The pure white cliffs of Scala dei Turchi and the Selinunte Temples.
Route 11. The salt pans of Trapani and the Grotta Mangiapane.

The tour ends in the ferry port of Palermo where you have a choice to either take to the road to head off of the island at Messina or hop on a ferry. Ferry destinations from Palermo include Genoa in northern Italy, the Italian island of Sardinia where you can tour the island and hop on another ferry to France, or even take a ferry to Tunisia in North Africa. The choice is yours. I hope you have enjoyed this tour.