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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Founded: 1060
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Minh Long (3 months ago)
The main attraction in Scilla. The museum inside the castle is somewhat underwhelming and feels a bit random, but there’s no better panoramic view point to the town and the ocean than in here. The entrance is only 2euro so it’s a no brainer. If you only spend only a few hours in Scilla make sure to put this on the list.
Sara M. Alves (8 months ago)
We just love getting to know the city and the castle! The tour costs 2 €, it's very worth it! the views from both the castle and the ocean are incredible!
Matthew Lyons (11 months ago)
How often do you get to explore a real castle? The history here is amazing. It's so cool to see what this once was and how well it's been restored and cared for. The pictures do not do this justice at all. We have come a couple times now and we would absolutely check out the castle again. Be sure to take in everything, it's a bit expansive and there's a lot tucked away that you may not notice right away. And the views from the castle are stunning!
Neuro Morphing (2 years ago)
You can't describe this place - you have to visit und feel it !
Daniele Guerrisi (2 years ago)
Ruffo's Castel !!! ..simply magical XD
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