Scilla once in this small Calabrian town lived a mythical monster Scylla, which together with Charybdis frightened sailors. Scylla, obviously, was able to choose a heavenly place to stay!
Picturesque Scilla is located on a slope, down steep streets in a transparent sea water. On the shore fishermen dried their boats and nets spread out. Their prey — delicacy swordfish can be enjoyed in all the many restaurants in the city.
Scilla is a town and comune in Calabria, Italy, administratively part of the Province 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 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.
The village suffered greatly from the 1783 Calabria earthquakes.
The climate is warm subtropical with mild winter and hot summers. The average temperature of february is +13,3 °C, while that of august is +26,8 °C. The extrremes is +47,8 °C on 21 july 1928 and +0,3 °C on 31 december 2014. Temperatures can exceed 20 °C even in winter, especially when the winds blow from the south quadrant and in some cases can reach to large heat wawes, especially the south wind and the south wind that determining a foenh phenomenon, can bring the temperature above +40 °C in late spring, summer and fal.