PizzoItaly

5/5Top Destination

Love beaches, monuments, and history? Get away to Pizzo!

Pizzo is a quaint settlement perched on hilltops overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Stunning cliffs create an idyllic setting, while the Aragonese castle and medieval churches shed light on the town’s fascinating culture and history. Hear tales of fascinating figures and visit intriguing structures in this picturesque coastal resort.

Among the highlights of the town is the Murat Castle, which survives from its construction in the 15th century. Take a tour of the dungeons and battlements and admire the vista of the sea. See the former prison cell of Joachim Murat, Napoleon’s brother-in-law, who was executed by firing squad in the castle’s main hall for treason.

The castle is perched at the top of a cliff, near varied restaurants that overlook the beach. Order seafood and pizza, among other regional delicacies. Try the famed Pizzo Tartufo, which comprises a large ball of nutty chocolate ice cream containing liquid chocolate. Enjoy panoramic views of the Pizzo Beach from your table.

Descend to the beach and find a spot for a bit of sunbathing. Walk along the Passerella di Pizzo pier at the strand’s northern end and enjoy the views of the cliffs and the castle above. The pier extends into the sea, flanked by rocks that help it blend into its natural surroundings.

Back in the historic center, see such sights as the Monumento ai Caduti and St. Giorgio Church. Head to the northeastern outskirts of the town for the mesmerizing Piedigrotta Church, a religious structure within the caves of a grassy hill.

The town of Pizzo is in the Calabria region in southwestern Italy. Fly to Lamezia Terme International Airport and drive south for 19 miles (31 kilometers) to get here in about 30 minutes. You can also take a train straight from the airport to Pizzo Railway Station, a short walk south of the town.

Pizzo is a hilly haven with beaches, historic vestiges and a proud culture.

Known for

Beaches, Monuments and Historical Buildings

Top Hotels in Pizzo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
TUI MAGIC LIFE Calabria
TUI MAGIC LIFE Calabria
Contrada Difesa II, Pizzo, Provincia di Vibo Valentia
$119
per night
Oct 22 - Oct 23

This family-friendly Pizzo property is located by the ocean, 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Pizzo Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Marina di Curinga and Terme di Laconia. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)

"Private adults area is very nice, quiet and relaxing."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

TUI MAGIC LIFE Calabria
TH Pizzo Calabro - Porto Ada Village
TH Pizzo Calabro - Porto Ada Village
4 out of 5
Localita Difesa S.S. 18 Km 392, Pizzo, VV

This Pizzo hotel is on the beach, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Pizzo Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Marina di Curinga and Piedigrotta Church. Terme di Laconia and ...

3/5 (2 reviews)
$ stelle...cadenti

"Le camere ed i servizi offerti non sono risultati minimamente adeguati alle attese ed al prezzo pagato. A partire dal momento del check-in effettuato come previsto alle 17 ma senza avere la camera a disposizione, che mi è stata effettivamente consegnata solo alle 18.20. Oltre un ora di attesa trascorsa ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2015

TH Pizzo Calabro - Porto Ada Village
Hotel Marinella
Hotel Marinella
4 out of 5
Via Riviera Prangi, Pizzo, VV

Situated in Pizzo, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pizzo Beach, Piedigrotta Church, and Murat Castle. Spiaggia Timpa Janca and Vibo Marina Park are also ...

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Trevligt

"Trevlig personal och trevligt hotell. Nära till strand men långt från ”stad”."…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Hotel Marinella

Popular things to do in Pizzo

Pizzo Beach
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Pizzo Beach

5/5(7 reviews)

Saunter along the enchanting pier and swim in the clean and clear sea of this beach that lies in the shadow of a clifftop castle.

Piedigrotta Church
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Piedigrotta Church

Admire the fascinating collection of religious sculptures and hear about a legendary shipwreck in this church within a carved grotto.

Murat Castle
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Murat Castle

Enjoy the spectacular view of the sea from the battlements of this impressive structure and learn about the Dandy King who was executed here.

Caminia Beach
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Caminia Beach

5/5(1 review)

Escape the bustle of the world on this small, idyllic, cliff-surrounded beach, where warm, pristine waters and picturesque views await.

Rotonda Beach
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Rotonda Beach

5/5(2 reviews)

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Rotonda Beach during your trip to Tropea? While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Port of Tropea
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Port of Tropea

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Dock your boat at Tropea’s main harbor, which has space for about 450 boats of varying sizes as well as lots of useful amenities.