|Comune di Scilla|
The Castle of Scilla.
|Province / Metropolitan city||Reggio Calabria (RC)|
|Frazioni||Favazzina, Melia, Solano Superiore|
|• Mayor||Gaetano Ciccone (since May 14, 2001)|
|• Total||43.68 km2 (16.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||91 m (299 ft)|
|Population (September 2009)|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Roch|
|Saint day||August 16|
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.
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.
Scilla has been twinned with the following:
- Ħamrun, Malta
In Popular Culture
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. Based on the author's family history, it includes a detailed description of the 1908 earthquake and tsunami.