For anyone who thinks distance sailing is all fun adventure... We made a ten hour motor sail today, noisy, hot and monotonous. Broken up by visiting dolphins and boat chores!
Rewarded with seeing Tropea, Italy. 200 steep steps to a fascinating old town. Then back to anchor over soft sand and clear water.
Tropea wasn't a town I had ever heard of. Down towards the tip of the boot, south of Naples, it has a population of only about 6500. A beautiful historic village jutting out into the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a blinding white sand beach under the stunning cliff that holds the city. Legend says it was founded by Hercules, who is honored in the naming of the main square, Piazza Ercole.
We climbed the million steep steps for an amazing view and fascinating architecture, surrounded by Italians and other Europeans. (Tropea seems to be off the radar for Americans at this point) I was sorry we didn't have more time to explore the area, and when we sailed away I saw Medieval hilltop cities among the vineyards, walled and ancient. I know that if I ever revisit Italy that's where I'm headed.