Scilla Italy
Calabria's Town of Legends and Greek Mythology

Scilla Italy

Scilla Italy is a town and a commune in the Calabria region. It is considered a section of the Metropolitan City of Reggio. In the Greek mythology of Homer’s Odyssey, the six-headed sea monster Scylla lived here and frightened ships that were traveling past. In fact, local legends claim that the straits around here are populated by mermaids. The town lies fourteen miles from Reggio and is front of the strait of Messina. There are two distinct parts to the city. The downtown houses offices and the residences of the patron saints. The Marina di Scilla is the beachfront area with lots of hotels and restaurants. This area is the most popular with tourists. In fact, Scilla’s coast area of Chianalea was a part of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy list. 


If you want to visit historical landmarks in Scilla Italy, the Ruffo Castle has breathtaking views and overlooks the beach. This was initially intended as a defensive structure until Count Paolo Ruffo opted to renovate this property into a home in 1532. Today, the castle hosts conferences and exhibitions with unparalleled views of coasts. The Scilla Lighthouse is also fascinating. It is a functional lighthouse on the terrace of the Ruffo Castle. It was erected in 1913 and is a cylindrical masonry tower that is twenty feet high with a lantern and a balcony. 

If beaches are on your must-see list, you’ll be delighted with the beaches in Scilla. Perhaps the most popular beach in the area is the Marina Grande, which is an eight hundred meter beach bordered by cliffs and rocks. A stunning landscape, indeed. Here you can rent umbrellas, sun-beds and relax under the warm Italian sunshine. There are also a variety of restaurants to choose from as well as bars and cafes. And if you are a scuba diving enthusiast, Punta Paci is a nearby to Marina Grande that is sure to delight you. With deep crystal clear waters which host a great variety of local flora and fauna, you can dive, snorkel or swim in this little slice of paradise. A day at the beach is just one more great way to spend your Italian vacation.

Whether it’s a day or two at the beach, relaxing in a seaside restaurant with a glass of authentic Italian wine in your hand or exploring the historical landmarks, you’ll be sure to enjoy your vacation to Scilla Italy. There is fun to be had for the entire family, or it can simply be a romantic escape for two. Whichever you choose, be sure to enjoy all that Scilla has to offer!

Scilla Italy Map & Train Tips

Train travel in and out of Scilla is made possible with its very own train stop. The Salerno-Reggio Calabria railway line runs through the area and makes stops. Check the schedule and prices to decide if a traveling by train will suit your travel needs and budget. If you are traveling by car, there are two main roads in the area: national highway 18 Tierran Inferiore and the A2 Salerno-Reggio motorway. Check out the maps to see which road gets you where you need to go. Refer to the Italy train map for an overall glimpse of the country's railway system.

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