Capo Vaticano is a beach resort nearby the town of Ricadi on the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria.
It is an area made up of several beaches, beautiful landscape and crystal clear sea. It is a cliffy coastline with many small and picturesque coves and beaches, often only accessible by sea, and a sea rich in marine life, making this destination a must for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. Capo Vaticano is considered the third most beautiful beach in Italy and among the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world.
Some of the most scenic bays are Grotticelle, which is made up of three adjacent beaches, and beach Belvedere, which can only be reached on foot, but is well worth the effort.
The cliffs reach a height of 124 meters, and their white-grey granite is studied all over the world for its geological peculiarities. It is situated on the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, in front of Stromboli and the Aeolian islands, and it separates the Gulfs of St. Eufemia and Gioia Tauro, and stretches from Baia del Tono to the bay of Santa Maria and the foothills of Mount Poro. On the promontory is a lighthouse built in 1870 from which you can enjoy a great view at sunset.
The “ricadese” cooking is a combination of simple ingredients and strong flavours, with locally grown produce like the red onions of Tropea, Nduja of Spilinga, extra virgin olive oil, tuna and swordfish, Pecorino cheese from Monte Poro, and other food, fish and wine products.
The local gastronomy has to be tasted, especially the so-called “Filea”, a dish found in all the local restaurants. It is homemade pasta; made by the simple mixture of flour and water, which is then rolled around a metal rod, a “dinaculo”, to give the characteristic curved shape. It is served with fresh, locally produced tomato sauce and pecorino cheese, preferably grated, and then seasoned with a touch of olive oil and spiced up with a good local red chilli (pipireo).