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Scilla

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Scilla

This pretty fishing village has a scenic seaside setting. Lounge on the beach, explore the characterful old fishing district and visit the ancient castle. 

With a historical castle, a picturesque beach, delicious Calabrian restaurants and a quaint atmosphere, Scilla has lots to offer tourists. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere in this small fishing town where life revolves around the sea.

Ask locals to tell you about the town’s mythical associations. The village takes its name from a water nymph called Scylla who, according to legend, was transformed into a sea monster by a jealous love rival and began attacking passing ships. Scylla even features in Homer’s famous epic, The Odyssey.

It is said that the monster had a base up on the high promontory at the northern end of the town, where the picturesque Castello Ruffo now stands. When visiting the castle, look for the Faro di Scilla lighthouse at the entrance. This white circular lighthouse was once used to help guide sailors across the dangerous Strait of Messina. Venture inside the castle where a luntre (an old-fashioned swordfishing boat) is on display.

Though it is the most imposing historical building in town, the castle is not the only noteworthy structure. Look for pretty historic churches, including the gleaming white Chiesa dello Spirito Santo and the Chiesa Maria Santissima Immacolata, which overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and has a wonderfully colorful interior.

Wander down to the Marina Grande seafront for sunbathing or swimming on the beachfront. Find several lidos offering food services and sun lounger and umbrella rentals here.

To get a better feeling for life in the village, stroll along the winding, narrow and charming lanes of the Chianalea di Scilla. This traditional fishing district also hosts many restaurants serving tasty Calabrian cuisine.

Find Scilla on the southwest coast of Italy, just across from the island of Sicily. Arrive in Reggio di Calabria by plane or boat and take a train from there. The town itself is small and compact and can be easily navigated on foot.

Le Sirene Scilla
Le Sirene Scilla
2 out of 5
Via Nazionale, 57, Scilla, RC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $65 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Situated in Scilla, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marina Grande Beach, Castle of Scilla, and Strait of Messina. Villa San Giovanni Ferry Terminal ...
3.5/5Good! (17 reviews)
"The hotel is very conveniently located to the train station and no noise can be heard. First floor has access to a large terrace , overlooking the famous Scilla's narrow straight, described by Homer.The owner is always present on site, helps with luggage, other requests (even with very limited English), ..."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Le Sirene Scilla
Hotel U'Bais
Hotel U'Bais
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 65, Scilla, RC
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Castle of Scilla and Marina Grande Beach. Strait of Messina is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Scilla Station ...
4/5Very Good! (47 reviews)
ood hotel
"Good hotel close to the beach and Chilla and Chinilea"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Hotel U'Bais
Le Piccole Grotte
Le Piccole Grotte
Via Grotte 10 - Località Chianalea, Scilla, RC
The price is $76 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Nestled on the beach, this Scilla bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Castle of Scilla and Marina Grande Beach. Strait of Messina is 1 mi (1.6 km) ...
3.8/5Good! (23 reviews)
"Please note I fully understand that this is not a 5 star resort.. Not properly stocked with towels or toilet paper. Air conditioner did not work properly. Sheets are clean and nice - Bedding cover is very old, worn and faded. Same with the furniture in the room."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Le Piccole Grotte
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Double Room With sea View in the Village of Chianalea di Scilla
Double Room With sea View in the Village of Chianalea di Scilla
Scilla, Calabria
Situated on the waterfront, this historic bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Castle of Scilla and Marina Grande Beach. Strait of Messina is 1.1 mi ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"Great location with water views. Clean hotel In the middle aid a small fishing village"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Double Room With sea View in the Village of Chianalea di Scilla
Chianalea di Scilla · Three-room Apartment With Sea View
Chianalea di Scilla · Three-room Apartment With Sea View
Scilla, Calabria
Situated in Scilla, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Castle of Scilla and Marina Grande Beach. Strait of Messina is 1 mi (1.6 km) away. Scilla ...
Chianalea di Scilla · Three-room Apartment With Sea View
Apartment With 2 Bedrooms in Scilla, With Wonderful sea View, Furnished Balcony and Wifi - 350 m From the Beach
Apartment With 2 Bedrooms in Scilla, With Wonderful sea View, Furnished Balcony and Wifi - 350 m From the Beach
Via Roma 6, Scilla, Calabria
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Castle of Scilla and Marina Grande Beach. Strait of Messina is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) ...
Apartment With 2 Bedrooms in Scilla, With Wonderful sea View, Furnished Balcony and Wifi - 350 m From the Beach
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