A VIEW OVER ITALY: Scilla
This month, we head to the far south of Italy (about as far as you can go!) and feature a beautiful tour over Scilla in Reggio Calabria, courtesy of Luca Lanari. Here are Luca's production notes:
Scilla (RC) - Castello Ruffo - 1 Gennaio 2023 - Riprese Aeree con Drone Mavic Air 2 - Music: Kinobe - Slip Into Something More Comfortable - Edit: Da Vinci Resolve
Here's Some Information on Scilla From Wikipedia:
Scilla 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 town, 22 kilometres (14 mi) from the city of Reggio, lies in front of the strait of Messina, and is composed of two parts: the downtown, where the town offices and the residence of the patron saint are situated, and Marina di Scilla, the beach-front, populated by tourists and thus heavily characterized by hotels and restaurants. Its beach is the first place north of Reggio Calabria where the waters are not cooled by the strait draughts.
Scilla's coastal district of Chianalea is included in the I Borghi più belli d'Italia association of small Italian towns of historical interest list.
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.
It is said that Tyrrhenian pirates were the first to settle this coastal area in 493 BC, but others claim it was already settled during the time of the Trojan Wars in the 12th century BC.
The town of Scilla has ancient origins that relate mainly to the period of the destruction of Troy and invokes the myths and legends of Ulysses with Scylla and Charybdis, of Homer and Dante Alighieri. The town's name derives from the mythological figure of Scylla, a young nymph who refused Glauco's love. He thus went to the sorceress Circe, who was in love with him, and asked her to help him win Scylla's heart. The offended sorceress poisoned the sea-pool where the nymph used to bathe, turning her into a horrific six dog-headed monster who destroyed every ship crossing the Strait of Messina. Scylla is said to live in the rock of Scilla, which the Castello di Ruffo sits on.
In 1806, during the British expedition to Sicily to oppose the French invasion of Naples, the Castle of Scilla was twice besieged.
If you're flying directly to Scilla, you can either fly to the Tito Minniti Strait Airport, or the larger airport at Lamezia Terma. You can also take the national trains (Trenitalia) from any other location in Italy to the Piazza Garibaldi train station at Reggio Calabria, then take the regional trains to Scilla.
Official Tourism Page:
TripAdvisor Scilla Page
Images courtesy of https://turismo.reggiocal.it
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