Quaint Scilla is calling! Discover its oceanfront, history, beaches and more.

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.

Known for

Small Town, Sea and Relaxing

Top hotels in Scilla

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Miramare Scilla GYH Luxury
Contrada Pacì, Scilla, Reggio di Calabria
£65/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Quick easy check in, very clean and good sized room. Only negative is it’s far up on top of the hill, away from the little town of Scilla. They do have a shuttle but the last one is 8pm."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2019

Miramare Scilla GYH Luxury
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Le Piccole Grotte
Via Grotte 10 - Località Chianalea, Scilla, RC
£64/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
3.9/5Good! (18 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 15 Jul 2019

Le Piccole Grotte
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La Locandiera
3 out of 5
Via Prof Zagari 27 Borgo Chianalea, Scilla, RC
£64/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
3.9/5Very Good! (33 reviews)

"Hotel is in old town, no parking, but staff picked us up and took us to hotel. Very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2018

La Locandiera

Popular things to do in Scilla

Chiesa dello Spirito Santo
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Chiesa dello Spirito Santo

Enjoy a moment of solitude and reflection in this peaceful little 18th-century church, which sits near the waterfront in Scilla. 

Marina Grande Beach
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Marina Grande Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Marina Grande Beach during your travels in Scilla? While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Castle of Scilla
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Castle of Scilla

Enjoy a stop at Castle of Scilla, a landmark worth seeing in Scilla. You can enjoy the cafes while in the area.