Scilla: The little Venice of the south ...

Umberto e Marilisa

Finally the summer has arrived, and we Calabrians are very lucky because we have both the sea and the mountains within walking distance. Today we want to talk about a small reality of our region: Scilla. 

It is a town in the province of Reggio Calabria, situated on a promontory and its Chianalea district is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Scilla is a famous tourist resort, known for its beautiful, clear and crystalline sea. For its narrow streets of the Chianalea district, from where it is possible to admire glimpses of the sea among the ancient houses present in the course. Since the houses are completely resting on the water, the Chianalea area is also known as “Little Venice”.

Chianalea of Scilla
Chianalea seen from the port of Scilla

The Castle.

From the rocky promontory that divides Maria Grande from Chianalea, there is the center of Scilla, where the main attraction is the castle, known as Castello Ruffo di Scilla. The castle also houses one of the lighthouses of the Navy. From the Castle it is possible to enjoy a wonderful panorama that includes the Aeolian Islands and the Sicilian coast.

Castle and promenade of Scilla
Castle and promenade of Scilla

There are many activities on site, in Chianalea many restaurants have terraces overlooking the sea where it is possible to have lunch or dinner with a breathtaking view. Also the waterfront is full of kiosks and shores with a castle view where you can taste the delicacies of the place, including the famous swordfish sandwich. Yes, one of Scilla’s specialties is this sandwich, we obviously tried it and we were really impressed, it’s a delight, the swordfish seems to melt in your mouth. If you pass by Scilla you can’t not try it.

Beach houses in Chianalea
Beach houses in Chianalea

The legend tells…

The city is also known for the legend. According to which Scilla was originally a beautiful nymph, daughter of Forco (marine divinity) and of Hecate (Goddess of the psyche). The beauty of the nymph was equal to her vanity, so much so that she rejected her suitors. One of these was Glaucus, a marine divinity who, in love with Scilla, turned to the sorceress Circe for help. The sorceress Circe, in love with Glaucus, poured out all her jealousy and anger against Scylla, turning her into a monster with 6 heads, 12 legs and 3 rows of sharp teeth. Desperate, Scilla decided to hide under the waters of the sea, discharging all her anger towards the sailors who approached her. Scilla was then transformed into a rock …

Chianalea
Chianalea

How do you get to Scilla?

Getting to Scilla is very simple. If you arrive by car from the highway, take the Scilla exit and follow the signs to the seafront if you want to go to the marina or to the center if you want to go towards the center of the village. The only problem if you arrive by car may be parking, because they are few compared to the request. We found it on the seafront, for a fee from 8:00 to 12:00 pm it costs € 1.00 per hour or € 6.00 the whole day. If you arrive by train, the station is just a stone’s throw from the Maria Grande waterfront. If you arrive by plane, both from Reggio Calabria airport and from Lamezia Terme airport, you can use the train. In fact the respective stations are 5 minutes away and there are the shuttles that connect them.

The Beach.

The beach is very large and is divided between a free beach and well-equipped beach resorts with reasonable prices.

Scilla beach
Scilla beach

Will you ask us if it is worth visiting Scilla? We answer you: absolutely yes!

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