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Squillace

Known for Beaches and Historical Buildings

A charming traditional Italian village, the town of Squillace combines several revealing and atmospheric historic sites with easy beach access.

How do you get to Squillace?

Enjoy beach time and experience traditional Italian village life in Squillace. Don’t leave without exploring the nearby archaeological park, which is scattered with ancient ruins.

The modern town of Squillace was founded by the Byzantines in the 8th century and came under the ownership of a succession of rulers including the Saracens, the Arabs and the Normans. Look for the evocative remains of the Norman Castle, which, like the old town itself, is set on a hilltop. The castle features a small museum displaying interesting artifacts unearthed nearby.

Wander the quaint cobbled lanes and browse boutiques selling ceramic crafts. Ceramics have been an important part of the local economy for centuries.

Look for historic religious buildings, such as the Church of Santa Maria della Pieta and the 18th-century Duomo, which was built on the site of an older medieval cathedral. Also worth viewing is the Ponte Ghetterello bridge, also known as Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge). The bridge spans Ghetterello creek and is said to have been used by the great Carthaginian general Hannibal during his campaigns in the region.

Pack your swimsuit and towel and make your way down from the old hilltop town to the Squillace Lido. Here, a long stretch of beach attracts sunbathers and swimmers. Find plenty of restaurants, bars and hotels nearby.

Make a trip to Scolacium Archaeological Park, just a 15-minute drive from town and even closer if you’re staying near the beach. The park has numerous ancient ruins, including the remnants of old Roman villas. An on-site museum displays artifacts uncovered from the partially excavated remains.

Squillace is located on the Ionian coast in the region of Calabria overlooking the Gulf of Squillace. Drive here from nearby Catanzaro in about 30 minutes. While Squillace itself is small and walkable, renting a car makes exploring the other attractions in the surrounding region quite easy.

Things to do in Squillace

Examine the evocative gray stone ruins of a centuries-old Norman fort, which has a strategic and scenic position in the hilltop village of Squillace.

Saunter along the enchanting pier and swim in the clean and clear sea of this beach that lies in the shadow of a clifftop castle.

Escape the bustle of the world on this small, idyllic, cliff-surrounded beach, where warm, pristine waters and picturesque views await.

Enjoy the student vibe when you visit Magna Graecia University during your trip to Catanzaro. Wander the parks and beaches while you're in the area.

You can take time to visit Terme Caronte Spa during your travels to Lamezia Terme. Stroll along the seaside or visit the spas while you're in the area.

Explore the great outdoors at Sila National Park, a lovely green space in San Giovanni in Fiore.

Admire the fascinating collection of religious sculptures and hear about a legendary shipwreck in this church within a carved grotto.

Explore the campus of Mater Domini University Hospital during your trip to Catanzaro. Stroll along the beaches or discover the area's mountain views.