Scylla: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Not far from Strait of Messina, rises the tourist resort of Scilla, on a suggestive Calabrian promontory overlooking the sea. It is a fairly small town, overlooking the sea and very popular with tourists during the summer season.
Its origin is uncertain, as it is steeped in historical facts and legends; just think of its name, which most likely refers to the mysterious sea monster of Greek mythology.
Surely the inhabitants of the area were skilled navigators, even of foreign origin, in fact, in these lands, both the Greeks and the Romans settled.
It is a city to be discovered especially through the paths that radiate it and that lead the visitor in the characteristic neighborhoods that compose it. Here's what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Scilla.


  1. 10 things to see in Scilla in a weekend
  2. What to see in Scilla in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Scilla: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Scilla
  5. Plan your stay in Scilla: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Scilla in a weekend

1 - Ruffo Castle

The castle stands on the promontory of Scilla, its origin dates back to 493 BC and from its particular architecture it can be deduced that it was built in various eras.
Residence of important personalities of history, seat of conflicts and became a fortress during the third century BC, the castle officially became the property of the family noble of the Ruffo in 1533, and remained private until 1808, when it passed into the state property. From the early 900s, it was established inside the lighthouse of Scilla, belonging to the Navy.

The castle in recent years has changed its nature several times, today it houses the regional center for the recovery of Calabrian historic centers, where various events and exhibitions are organized. From here you can enjoy a beautiful panorama on the Sicilian coasts and on the Aeolian Islands.

  • 10 minutes walk from Scilla station - Get directions
  • 9:00-13:30/15:00-19:00
  • € 2,00

2 - Chianalea

It is the village counted among the most beautiful in Italy and it is not difficult to imagine why. This is the district, largely rocky, located in the northern part of the promontory on which the Ruffo castle stands. Its peculiarity is given by the numerous characteristic houses built on the rocks, directly beside the sea and separated from each other by narrow streets and canals, so much so that Chianalea is also known as "the little Venice of the South".

  • 10 minutes from Scilla station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Marina Grande

The one of Marina Grande it is undoubtedly the most popular beach for tourists who spend their holidays in Scilla. This is a portion of beach bordered to the north and south by huge rocks. On the largest ridge of rock stands the castle of Ruffo, which makes the environment even more suggestive. Stretches of free beach and well-equipped lidos can be found along this inlet, bathed by the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The seabed is rich in vegetation and marine specimens, so they are ideal for snorkeling and diving. The Marina Grande area can also be enjoyed walking along the promenade that crosses it from north to south, full of clubs, bars and restaurants.

  • 2 minutes walk from Scilla station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Punta Pacì cliff

Not far from the Marina Grande beach, it is located the famous cliff of Punta Pacì, one of the most fascinating places in Scilla. In this section, in fact, it is possible to enjoy vivid vegetation, luxuriant both on the cliffs and in the seabed: for lovers of snokerling this is the ideal place to fully devote yourself to the discovery of natural underwater treasures. Even those who love to do trekking here you can have fun admiring the view on the rocks overlooking the sea.

  • 10 minutes from Scilla station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

5 - Church of the Holy Spirit

Located in the Marina Grande district, at the foot of the promontory on which the Ruffo castle stands, this small one stands church declared a National Monument. The graceful Baroque-style building remained standing despite the two devastating earthquakes of 1783 and 1908, which destroyed most of the other buildings in the country.
Inside there is a sumptuous High Altar and also the painting by the 700th century artist Francesco Celebrano, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, dating back to 1799.

  • 8 minutes walk from Scilla station - Get directions
  • inverno 16:00-18:00 estate 17:00-19:00
  • free

6 - Chapel of San Rocco

The church is dedicated to the patron saint of Scilla, to which the inhabitants were particularly devoted during the period of the black plague, holding the saint responsible for some miracles of the time.
The current building is the result of a recent renovation, as the terrible earthquakes of 1783 and 1908 seriously damaged the entire structure.
Inside, what is most striking is the marble statue of San Rocco which overlooks the High Altar.

  • 16 minutes walk from Scilla station - Get directions
  • 18:00AM - 19:30PM
  • free

7 - Holy Immaculate Mother Church

Located near the Ruffo castle, the church is certainly one of the most important buildings in Scilla. The structure has undergone several renovations, due to damage and collapses following the earthquakes that have marked the history of this place.
The particularity of the church lies in the six white Ionic columns which are located on the outside and the colored mosaics that characterize the interior, in particular the one that dominates the wall behind the high altar, depicting an angel blessed by the Holy Spirit, who protects the houses of the town.
There are also two marble statues, one representing the Immaculate Conception and the other St. Peter the Apostle, probably dating back to the th century.

  • 8 minutes walk from Scilla station - Get directions
  • by 18: 00 19 to: 30
  • free

8 - Caves of Tremusa

Even moving towards the Calabrian hinterland it is possible to discover very fascinating sites, as is the case of these caves, which are located between Scilla and the hamlet of Melia.
Le caves of karst origin, according to legend, they were inhabited by Nymphs, but what is certain is that here a long time ago there was the sea. Witness the fossil shells embedded in the cave walls, known as Pecten shells.
To make this place even more suggestive, surrounded by wild nature, are the rock formations of stalactites, which contribute to giving a mysterious aspect to the caves.

  • 22 minutes by car from Scilla - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Favazzina

It is a seaside village on the Costa Viola near Scilla, and is known for being home to the cultivation of a variety of lemon, the verdello and for the cultivation of the zibibbo grape, essential for the production of fine wines.
Favazzina, however, also stands out for beauty of its beaches: expanses of light and fine sand, lying on artificial cliffs. This is the ideal place to understand deeply the name of the Costa Viola: at sunset the sky is tinged with blue and purple tones.

  • 15 by train from Scilla station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • cost of the train ticket starting from € 1,20

10 - Aspromonte National Park

Unmissable Calabrian destination, just 30 km from Scilla, this national park is the place to practice winter sports when it's cold and where to find fresh and clean air during the summer season.
La biodeveristà that characterizes this environment is what makes it truly unique, thanks to its particular climatic conditions in fact, in the park it is possible to walk among beech forests, but also under dense pine forests, to then meet the symbol of the Aspromonte: the larch pine.

  • 44 minutes by car from Scilla - Get directions
  • on weekdays from 09:00 / 13:00 and 14:00 / 18:00, on holidays from 10:00 / 13:00 and from 14:00 / 19:00.
  • free

What to see in Scilla in one day: recommended itinerary

Start discovering the Calabrian village by having breakfast at the Cambusa Caffè tables towards the beach and a few minutes from Scilla station. Continue your walk on the golden sand and reach the suggestive one church of the Holy Spirit. Go up to the promontory where you will find the Ruffo Castle (9: 00-13: 30/15: 00-19: 00, € 2,00). Enter the various rooms of the ancient fortress and reach the panoramic terrace: from here you will have a privileged view of the profiles of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. For lunch, stop at the Artrois Restaurant, where you can enjoy excellent fish in a rustic lotacion with marine decorations.

In the afternoon visit the Chianalea, admire the typical houses of this village close to the sea and built on the rocks. You will feel like you are in a "little Venice of the South". Admire the graceful church of Santa Maria di Porto Salvo.
Continue your tour in this particular neighborhood, enjoy the sunset over the Costa Viola from the rocks and then for dinner stop in the Glauco Restaurant - Terrace on the sea, located in an elegant 600th century building, where you can eat excellent fish with a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Cambusa Caffè - Get directions
  2. Church of the Holy Spirit
  3. Castello Ruffo (9:00-13:30/15:00-19:00, €2,00)
  4. Lunch at Artrois Restaurant - Get directions
  5. Chianalei
  6. Church of Santa Maria di Porto Salvo
  7. Dinner at Glauco Restaurant - Terrace on the sea - Get directions

Where to eat in Scilla: the best restaurants

  1. Bleu De Toi restaurant: typical Calabrian cuisine in a location with stone walls and sea view
    Average price per person: € 28,00
    Address and contacts: via Grotte, 40 - Get directions / tel: 0965754221
  2. La Fiocina Scilla restaurant: fresh fish dishes to be consumed on a terrace overlooking the sea
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: via Annunziata, 121 - Get directions / tel: 0965754512
  3. Da Nuccio Scilla Restaurant Pizzeria: fish dishes and excellent pizzas in a lotacion located on the seafront
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: via Monacena, 25 - Get directions / tel: 0965790533

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Scilla

In Scilla there are no real discos, which you can easily find in the neighboring areas (the most exclusive are in Palmi), but certainly you can choose between one variety of venues where to have aperitifs with an always spectacular view of the Costa Viola.
The most beautiful and popular places are found all close to the sea, from here you can taste the typical Calabrian and international products, enjoying beautiful sunsets, perhaps accompanied by live music, in a unique and very suggestive atmosphere.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Casa Vela Wine Bar Scilla: ideal place for an aperitif or aperitif with local products with sea view / Address: via Annunziata, 18 - Get directions
  • Civic 5 Scilla: place located in the heart of Chianalea, where you can enjoy international aperitifs on a platform suspended over the sea / Address: via Grotte, 5 - Get directions
  • Cala delle Feluche Scilla: beach club open until late at night, where aperitifs are organized accompanied by live music / Address: Contrada Oliveto - Get directions

Plan your stay in Scilla: info and useful tips

  • Reggio Calabria airport is 2 km away, while Lamezie Terme airport is 106 km away, connected by bus or train. From the train station there are connections with the region
  • Getting around: it can be visited entirely on foot
  • Where to park: Chianalea guarded car park, near the church of San Giuseppe (starting from € 3,00 per day). Very busy during the month of August
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Bagnara Calabra (10 km), the beautiful Caletta Rovaglioso Cliff Porto Oreste (27,3 km), Reggio Calabria (23 km), Villa San Giovanni (12,4 km) from where to sail towards the beautiful Sicily

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