Scolacium Ruins in Roccelletta

February 3, 2015 / Art & Archaeology
Roccelletta di Borgia, Calabria

As you travel along the SS 106 from Catanzaro to Soverato, you can’t help but be drawn to the 12th Century Byzantine Basilica of Santa Maria in Roccelletta. This important medieval monument is perfectly perched amongst the surrounding olive groves.


When you pass the threshold into the Archaeological Park of Roccelletta Borgia, you are instantly taken back to ancient “Skylletium”, which according to local legend may have been founded by Ulysses when he passed through Calabria after the Trojan War. Later, the Romans conquered the village and left their mark by covering the streets, forums and buildings with their own architecture and renaming it Scolacium.


Today, you can see the sprawling forum, walled theater, amphitheater and small archaeological museum with its pottery, artwork and photos of Scolacium’s war-stained past.

Cherrye Moore

by Cherrye Moore

Cherrye Moore is owner of My Bella Vita Travel, a boutique tour operator specializing in custom vacations and heritage tours in southern Italy. Join her in June or September for the Small Group Heritage Tour of Calabria – a unique small group tour that combines group travel with a private heritage tour, or in September for the Undiscovered Southern Calabria and Eastern Sicily Tour.


2 Responses to “Scolacium Ruins in Roccelletta”

  1. Ken Borelli

    thank you for sharing….i have been to Calabria several times and never been to the area ….it will be on my to “do list”. I came accross a similar site around the hill country off of Diamente /Scalea…i think the name was San Michele “ou vu”, which i think translated as Old Saint Michaels …..there were no signage or anthing that indicates its history, basically in kind of an archeological neglect area… a visitor its a fascinating piece of history, to those who live their, a part of the landscape….albiet 4-500 years old ..who knows…..Ken Borelli .

  2. So love Calabria. I must come back to visit my relatives there, and will look you up this time, Cherrye. Thanks for great article.


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