Mythical and Magical Chianalea in Scilla

November 24, 2014 / Places
Scilla, Calabria

Chianalea in Scilla is one of the most beautiful fishing villages in the province of Reggio Calabria. Built directly on the seafront, its narrow streets and pastel-colored houses are charming, but as the sun sets, the village’s lights reflect in the nearby water making it utterly enchanting.


And, the Ruffo Castle standing on the highest point of Scilla gives you a fantastic view of the Eolian Islands and Sicilian coast.


The magic doesn’t stop there! Scilla is said to be the mythological village where the six-headed sea monster, Scylla, threatened Ulysses in The Odyssey. According to Homer, Ulysses had to navigate the narrow channel (believed to be the Strait of Messina) between Scylla and Charybdis (a giant whirlpool). Choosing to pass along the cliffs of Scylla’s lair, six of his men were devoured by Scylla.

How can you not get swept up in the intrigue of this village?

Image Credits: Carmen Guarascio. Grazie infinite!

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.


3 Responses to “Mythical and Magical Chianalea in Scilla”

  1. Barbara Hollowell

    Cherrye makes anything Calabria sound magical, especially her Table Tour, which truly IS magical!!!


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