Scilla, Calabria

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U Scigghiu  (Sicilian)
Comune di Scilla
The Castle of Scilla.
The Castle of Scilla.
Coat of arms of Scilla
Coat of arms
Location of Scilla
Scilla is located in Italy
Location of Scilla in Italy
Scilla is located in Calabria
Scilla (Calabria)
Coordinates: 38°15′N 15°43′E / 38.250°N 15.717°E / 38.250; 15.717
Metropolitan cityReggio Calabria (RC)
FrazioniFavazzina, Melia, Solano Superiore
 • MayorCommissars
 • Total44.13 km2 (17.04 sq mi)
91 m (299 ft)
 (1 January 2017)[2]
 • Total4,901
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0965
Patron saintSt. Roch
Saint dayAugust 16
WebsiteOfficial website

Scilla (Calabrian: U Scigghiu; Greek: Σκύλλα, romanizedSkýlla) is a town and comune in Calabria, Italy, administratively part of the Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria. It is the traditional site of the sea monster Scylla of Greek mythology.

The Marina Grande.
Chianalea and the Castle.

The town, 22 kilometres (14 mi) from the city of Reggio, lies in front of the strait of Messina, and it is composed of two parts: the downtown, where the town offices and the residence of the patronal saint are situated, and Marina di Scilla, the beach-front, populated by tourists and thus heavily characterized by hotels and restaurants. Since its beach is the first place north of Reggio Calabria where the waters are not cooled down by the strait draughts.

Scilla's coastal district of Chianalea is inscribed into I Borghi più belli d'Italia list.[3]

The Ruffo Castle, a fortress built by the Dukes of Calabria overlooks the beach. On a seaward-facing terrace is Scilla Lighthouse, an important aid to ships entering the Strait of Messina from the north.

The village suffered greatly from the 1783 Calabria earthquakes and the 1908 Messina earthquake.


The municipality of Scilla contains territorial subdivisions called "Frazione" like : Favazzina, Melia and Solano Superiore.

Scilla borders with the following municipalities : Bagnara Calabra, Villa San Giovanni .

Twin towns[edit]

Scilla has been twinned with the following:

In popular culture[edit]

Scilla is one of two primary settings in Elizabeth Street, a 2009 historical novel by Laurie Fabiano that tells of the experience of a family who emigrates from Scilla to New York City's Little Italy neighborhood in the early 20th century.[4] Based on the author's family history, it includes a detailed description of the 1908 earthquake and tsunami.


The town is served by a station on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria railway.

Main roads include the A2 Salerno-Reggio motorway and the Strada statale 18 Tirrena Inferiore.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
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  4. ^ Fabiano, Laurie (2009). Elizabeth Street. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1442152618.