Ricadi is located in the province of Vibo Valentia, situated on a high rocky outcrop that perches from the Calabrian Apennines towards the Tyrrhenian Sea, opposite the Aeolian islands, geographically known as Capo Vaticano, a promontory which divides the Gulf of St. Eufemia from the Gulf of Gioia Tauro. A popular beach resort, it features a rugged coastline, beautiful beaches and picturesque coves (some of them reachable only by sea), Ricadi also boasts a very ancient past: in fact, traces have been found the prehistoric and pre-Christian periods, most of which are preserved at the National Museum of Reggio Calabria. Tied to the historical events of the nearby city of Tropea, it gained its administrative independence only in 1799. Ricadi was originally just a small fishing village, which thanks to its clear waters and the beauty of the coasts, has become, in a short period of time, an important touristic resort.
Sites of Interest:
- the fortified coastal watch towers, which were built to warn the local inhabitants of the impending Saracen attacks (Torre Marrana, Torre Bali and Torre Ruffa);
- the Church of San Zaccaria, located at the center of the village and features a single nave plan;
- the Church of St. Nicola in the district of St. Nicolò;
- the Church of Saint Lucia, in the district of Barbalaconi;
- the Church of St. Paul, in the hamlet of Ciaramiti;
- he Church of St. Michael in the village of Lampazzone;
- the Church of St. Martin in the village of Orsigliadi;
- the Church of St. Basilio, in the village of Brivadi,
- the Church of St. Peter;
- the beach and the promontory of Capo Vaticano;
- several old water mills, still in use.