"No, no, no, no and no," was the first, second and third thought that came to our minds when we arrived at this B&B.
But if we start the positives, the staff is incredibly service minded, and it is clean and nice, charming rooms, it's very central, air condition, excellent Wi-Fi. Breakfast on the roof terrace is Spartan, of course, but oh what a view!
Now for the negatives: The home is in the old part of town, where you're not allowed to drive your car, not even to drop off you luggage, and if you drive in anyway, your license plate will be photographed and you can then expect a big fine, when you come home (we made that mistake and came home to a fine costing thousands (DKK)). You have to park your car 600-1000m away from the home, and you have to walk that stretch in 35-40 degrees heat to get to your accommodation. After that, you have to walk up to a home on the 4th floor that doesn't have an elevator. Most rooms are also another floor up...
The rooms look good, but are very loud. You can hear everything your neighbour says. Late in evening (00:00) a disco nearby starts playing music to 3 am.... every night...
Tropea is dramatically placed on a cliff with a view out over the ocean. To get to the beach, you take the stairs, you can also rent sunbeds, but be careful with the beach clubs, who takes enormous amounts of money... 52 euro for 2 sunbeds and 1 parasol for one day!!!
When you are done bathing, you have to go back up the stairs (180+ steps) to the town, and then the stairs to your home. Now that I think about it, I haven't ever sweated as much as I have going between beach and home, and I have run marathons before.
Tropea is said to be one of Italy's towns with most restaurants, and that is probably right, but it feels like there is just a lot of mediocre places and a few good ones. It is pretty touristy, even with a good number of Italians here, but there is also a lot of Scandinavians, Germans, Dutchmen, Brits, etc.
No, I cannot recommend this accommodation, you should rather get a place outside the old part of town, where you can park your car and load your stuff off properly and not listen to a disco night after night after night. We and other guests also grumbled about how we would get our stuff down to the car when we needed to go home again. A retired, British couple we met even considered throwing their bags down in desperation!
We were there a week, which was 5 days too much, 2 nights a another hotel would've been perfect.
Tropea lies dramatically and is worth a visit and a 2-night stay, but you have to be aware that it is a nightmare with luggage, and if you have kids, you should probably consider some other place.
If you take trips in your car, visiting Scilla is a must.
|Residenza Il Duomo B&B|
|Clean and tidy|
|The actual accommodation at Residenza Il Duomo B&B|
|Double Standard Room (incl. breakfast)|
|Facilities on site|
|Internet access / Wi-Fi|
|Travel period||July 2015|
|Number of travellers||2 adults|
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