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Scilla: The Town Everyone Is Missing Out On

This Calabrian town is a hidden gem that tourists need to discover.

Located in the southern region of Calabria, Scilla is a sparkling gem that most tourists are missing out on. The town stretches out along the slopes of the Aspromonte Mountains, ending at along the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea. With over 5,000 residents and stunning coastal views, not to mentions tons of historical sites, Scilla is everything a visit to Italy should be without the ever-increasing crowds of out-of-towners. If you’re interested in exploring this secret paradise.

Ruffo Castle


One of the most visited sites in the city, Ruffo Castle is perched on a high cliff overlooking the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The castle was built as a military outpost but became the personal residence of Count Paolo Ruffo in 1532. Though the castle’s exterior is unassuming, you won’t find a better place for panoramic views of the area. 



When you come across the Chianalea area of Scilla, you will find homes built right against the water, with waves splashing upwards against the stone walls. This neighborhood is one of the city’s oldest and is predominately home to the area’s fishermen. Though Chianalea is mostly for locals, visitors should take an opportunity to explore the narrow streets of the beautiful village. 

Villa Zagari 


The Villa Zagari is nowhere near as ancient as the rest of the town, but it is still beautiful. Built in 1933, this structure is an architectural marvel and gives an inside look into how Scilla’s wealthiest people used to live. 

Spiaggia delle Sirene


Known as Mermaid Beach, this 2,600-mile sandy expanse is found at the base of the Ruffo Castle and stretches down to the rocky cliffs of Punta Pacì. This is the area’s main beach and is perfect for beachgoers of all types. 

Chapel of Madonnina del Mare


Built in a small cave in Via San Francesco da Paola, the Chapel of Madonnina del Mare houses a bronze sculpture of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus. The cave was created during World War II by German troops, who were to use it as a bomb shelter. The surrounding structure was built afterward, and the statue was placed inside in 1953. 


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