Scalea

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Scalea
Comune
Comune di Scalea
Scalea - panorama.jpg
Coat of arms of Scalea
Coat of arms
Scalea is located in Italy
Scalea
Scalea
Location of Scalea in Italy
Coordinates: 39°49′N 15°48′E / 39.817°N 15.800°E / 39.817; 15.800Coordinates: 39°49′N 15°48′E / 39.817°N 15.800°E / 39.817; 15.800
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Cosenza (CS)
Government
 • Mayor Pascuale Basile
Area
 • Total 22 km2 (8 sq mi)
Elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 10,429
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym Scaleoti
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 87029
Dialing code 0985
Patron saint Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo
Saint day July 16
Website Official website

Scalea is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.

The town takes its name from its terraced lay-out on the hillside, at the bottom of the Capo Scalea promontory. The old town is placed on the heights and preserves the remains of an ancient wall, while towards the beach, the Scalea Marina centre has recently been developed, with modern hotels, villas and numerous bathing areas on the beach.

History[edit]

Scalea was inhabited since prehistorical times, as proved by the material of the Paleolithic period that was excavated in a cavern near Torre Talao, which dominates over the rocky promontory called Scalea Island. It is claimed that the town of Laüs, of pre-Indo-European origin and colonized by the Sybarites in the 6th-5th century BC, once stood on the plain South of Scalea, near the mouth of the river Lao.

Main sights[edit]

  • Palazzo dei Principi (13th century)
  • Palazzetto Normanno (12th century)
  • Church of San Nicola in Plateis (originally from the 8th century, later restored).
  • Torre Talao, a tower built in the 16th century, part of a system of 337 coastal towers built to deter the pirate attacks.

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