Scilla

Scilla is a coastal town and comune 22 km from the city of Reggio Calabria. Scilla lies in front of the strait of Messina, and it is made up of two parts: the town, where the town offices and the residence of the patronal saint are situated, and Marina di Scilla, the beach-front, which is populated by tourists and thus heavily characterised by hotels and restaurants. The town's coast is the first place north of Reggio Calabria where the waters are not cooled down by the strait draughts. Scilla is the traditional site of the sea monster 'Scylla' of Greek mythology. Scylla guarded the narrow Strait of Messina and menaced Odysseus (Ulysses) as he sailed by. The Ruffo Castle, a fortress built by the Dukes of Calabria overlooks the beach. It is said that the origins of the castle date back to Odysseus. Whether you believe the mythological connections or not, the geography of Scilla's impressive castle guarding the shipping route entrance to the town is an important site.

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