Tropea is a town on the east coast of Calabria. It is known for its old town on the cliffs, the beaches and the popular red onions. Built on a former Byzantine cemetery, the 12th-century cathedral houses marble sarcophagi and a painting by Our Lady of Romania, the patron saint of the city. In the vicinity there is a belvedere with views over the hills. The ancient church of Santa Maria of the island rises on a cliff overlooking the sea.