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!