Landscape and Myth Scilla

Scilla is a small town overlooking the lower Tyrrhenian Sea, located at the entrance of the Strait of Messina, along the Costa Viola, between the sea and the slopes of the Aspromonte, 25 kilometers far from the lower city of Reggio Calabria.

An important tourist and seaside resort, Scilla is one of the most beautiful and characteristic villages of Italy, with its wonderful beaches: destination for tourists of all nationalities.

The Scilla mountain area has an equally remarkable landscape and naturalistic value. The combination of the mountain and the sea becomes an essential link for the anthropological understanding of this area.

The town area is characterized by the variety of landscapes: a unique feature among the towns of the Aspromonte National Park, characterized by its segmented shape that from the sea quickly insinuates itself to reach the highest peaks of the Aspromonte massif.

The transition from the sea to the mountain is short, and going up a few kilometers from the coast it is possible to reach the Planes of Melia, then the walls of the Aspromonte, until at the altitude of 1811 meters above sea level it is possible to find the same rocky outcrops of the cliff and slopes over Scilla up to Montalto and Gambarie d'Aspromonte.

The varied morphology of the territory corresponds to a heterogeneity of rocks and surfaced lands. Along the rocky coastline that overflow Scilla and Chianalea and those of the hinterland, crystalline rocks of ancient Paleozoic age surface, frequently crossed by fractures and divided into blocks.

On the Melia Plain and in the San Giorgio area the rocks are covered with recently melted soil, conglomerates and sands.

The inhabited area of ​​Scilla is well connected with the most important railway infrastructures of the region, as well as having a small tourist port and bus lines that connect it with the capital.

Once in Scilla, a provincial road leads in less than 10 minutes to the village of Melia, giving to those who walk through it a panoramic view of rare beauty: the view to the town of Scilla and the Castle overlooking the sea, the north of the Calabrian coast, the promontory of Capo Vaticano in front of Stromboli and the Aeolian islands and the embankment of the Strait of Messina with Capo Peloro and the lakes of Ganzirri. The road climbs up between the terraces created with the armacias, an element characterizing the Costa Viola.

Continuing from the village of Melia, crossing a curvy road, you will reach the Piani d'Aspromonte where the cultivated fields give a mosaic landscape; going up again you will arrive at the intersection with the road that leads to Gambarie and the one that leads to the Rumia lake, popular tourist destinations in every season. Here the landscape changes: you dive among the typical Aspromonte woods, reaching the highest peaks of the massif.

In the Scilla mountain there are paths that lead to the highest peaks up to Mount Nardello, crossing valleys and forests of holm oaks, conifers and rare specimens of pines and oaks, and if lucky, you can admire specimens of fauna such as reptiles or birds like the hawk buzzard or even small wild animals.

Trekking enthusiasts consider this slice of mountain as one of the most evocative of the entire Aspromonte National Park due to the enchanting views it offers and the beauty of nature.


The stages are:Monument dedicated to Nino MartinoNino Martino Ski SlopeAbetazzoTremusa CavernsSea bottoms

Monument dedicated to Nino Martino

The Nino Martino square is a symbolic place of this territory where history and nature are inextricably intertwined and where popular culture consecrates its epic made up of earth, rocks, trees, but also of anger and struggles.


It is found a magnificent specimen of silver fir in the area near to Piazza Nino Martino. 32 meters high, with a circumference of almost five meters, it is known for its particular majesty and charm that makes it to be included in the national monumental trees.

Sea bottoms

The village of Scilla is located on an impressive rocky spur overlooking the sea. The sea that breaks on these rocks has unique sea bottoms made by an extraordinary emerged and submerged morphology.

Nino Martino Ski Slope

Inaugurata nel gennaio 2019, è una pista classificata rossa, ossia di difficoltà media. Lunga circa 1,6 km, sorge tra i 1400 e i 1825 metri. Oltre lo sci a stile libero è anche possibile praticare lo sci di fondo.

Tremusa Caverns

Located at 530 meters above sea level, today the caverns are a destination for history and geology enthusiasts. The place is full of charm and offers glimpses of the suggestive cliffs of the Costa Viola overlooking the sea and the Strait of Messina.

Landscape and Myth Naturalistic virtual tour of Scilla

The digital tour is accessible for the visitors of the Ruffo Castle in Scilla, where a special area is dedicated to the viewing of videos through a touch screen and by consulting a website dedicated to the project:


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Landscape and myth

Work Patronized by th Aspromonte Park Institution.
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