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Nicotera is a picturesque tourist destination situated on the toe of Italy’s boot. It combines the atmosphere of a centuries-old historic center with the vibrant activities of beach clubs. The origins of Nicotera date back to the 4th century and it grew to prominence around 1065, when Norman adventurer Robert Guiscard established a seaport with links to Sicily. Today it is an enjoyable stop on a tour of the Vibo Valentia province, in the sun-drenched Calabria region.
Discover ancient landmarks and time-honored Italian traditions by exploring the old town on foot. Porta Palmentieri is the main gateway, from where cobblestone lanes pass through archways to sleepy plazas and terraces with sweeping coastal views. Visit Castle Ruffo, where a fortress has stood since the 11th century. The alleys of the Giudecca Old Jewish Quarter are also worth investigating.
Another interesting landmark is the Cathedral of Nicotera, which overlooks the glistening sea. Adjacent to here, the Diocesano d’Arte Sacra Museum has exhibitions of antique furniture, jewelry, paintings and silverware. A 10-minute walk south from the town is the Cava Romana, a quarry home to Roman relics.
Nicotera lays claim to being the birthplace of the Mediterranean diet. Find taverns that serve plates inspired by fresh ingredients such as fish, fruits, olive oil, vegetables and whole grains. Sit at an outdoor patio on a cool evening, feast on homemade pizzas and sip on Calabrian wines.
Below the old town and stretching along the Tyrrhenian Sea is Nicotera Marina beach village. Join local beachgoers that flock to the lidos (beach clubs) during the hot summer months. The sea here is famous for its glistening shades of purple and violet. Lido la Carioca and Lido Medameo have amenities such as bars, restaurants, sun loungers and umbrellas.
Reach Nicotera by flying to Lamezia Terme International Airport from major Italian and European cities. It’s then about a 90-minute journey by train to the town. Rent a car and visit the nearby Calabrian towns of Pizzo, Rosarno and Tropea.Accommodation in Nicotera
There isn't a wide selection of hotels near Nicotera, so be sure to check out the latest deals on Expedia's hotels page.
The Hotel Ipomea Club, situated at Località Fortino, and the Sunshine Club Hotel & Beauty, at Loc. Petto Bianco snc, are good examples of high-end Nicotera lodgings. Alternatively, The Residence Olimpo, at Localita Santa Maria di Ricadi, and the Cliffs Hotel, at Contrada San Bruno Melia, are a couple of choices that might be preferable if you're after a bargain.
Situated in Nicotera, this property is steps from Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Museum and Cathedral of Nicotera.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Nicotera hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Museum, San Ferdinando Public Beach, and Cathedral of Nicotera. Palazzo de San Ferdinando and Castle Ruffo are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This hotel is located in Nicotera (Nicotera Marina), close to the beach, Cathedral of Nicotera, Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Museum, and Castle Ruffo. Area attractions also include Palazzo de San Ferdinando and San Ferdinando Public Beach.
Located in Nicotera Marina, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Museum, Cathedral of Nicotera, and Castle Ruffo. Palazzo de San Ferdinando and San Ferdinando Public Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This hotel is located in Nicotera (Nicotera Marina), close to Cathedral of Nicotera, Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Museum, and Castle Ruffo. Area attractions also include Palazzo de San Ferdinando and San Ferdinando Public Beach.
Situated on the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Maria dell'Isola Monastery, Norman Cathedral, and Diocesan Museum. Port of Tropea and Baia di Riaci are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This Ricadi inn is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Grotticelle Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Riaci Beach and Baia di Riaci. Diocesan Museum and Norman Cathedral are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Tropea, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Maria dell'Isola Monastery, Norman Cathedral, and Diocesan Museum. Port of Tropea and Baia di Riaci are also within 2 mi (3 km).