Ruffo di Scilla Castle

Scilla, Italy

Located on the Scilla promontory, towards the Strait of Messina, the castle also known as Castello Ruffo di Calabria, is a legacy of rare beauty. It represents the genius loci of the city of Scilla, about 20 km from Reggio Calabria and its history started in the Etruscan era. Scilla is completely isolated and right next to the sea, the ideal lookout location to protect the Calabrian lands from whoever arrives by sea.

The history of the Calabrian fortifications inevitably leads us to the Saracen invasion period. However, the Castello Ruffo di Scilla has ancient roots: first the Etruscans, then the defensive walls in the period of Magna Graecia. Even the Romans, who expanded it, found here the perfect place to settle. The modern excavations show us only the walls of the monastery of San Pancrazio, from the 9th century, also a defence against the Saracens. It is no coincidence that in 1060 it became a military fortress and in 1808 state-own property. A place of defence but also of suggestive beauty. A heritage to protect. This is why since the 1970s it has been a meeting place for people and cultures: first as a Youth Hostel and now as a very important cultural centre, a venue for meetings and exhibitions.



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Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Neuro Morphing (9 months ago)
You can't describe this place - you have to visit und feel it !
Daniele Guerrisi (15 months ago)
Ruffo's Castel !!! ..simply magical XD
Sara Karam (2 years ago)
Nice place, nice view. A must see when in Scilla!
elenita jaranilla (2 years ago)
It's an amazing place
Luigi Trombetta (2 years ago)
Amazing view, should have a few more details inside like flags or manikin
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