The Costa Viola is a stretch of beautiful coastline in the province of Reggio Calabria looking out towards the Aeolian Islands. It is so called due to the particualr hue of the reflections of the water perhaps due to the many small beaches or rock formations tumbling into the sea.
The main localities to visit are Villa San Giovanni, Scilla, Bagnara Calabra and Palmi.
Scilla is well known for the famous saying '(to be) between Scilla and Cariddi' which means a very delicate situation indeed as, according to Greek mythology. the two were terrible monsters who stood in front of each other at opposite sites of the Straits of Messina. They used to devour ships which got too close
By all accounts Scilla was less ferocious than Cariddi although this doesn't mean that sailors were any less concerned.
These mythical creatures were, in both cases, beautiful female goddesses transformed into a terrible appearence because of the jealousy of the other gods, and as punishment for bad behaviour as was the case with Cariddi.
The atmosphere of Scilla is enchanting and suggestive. From the medieval castle or Ruffo Castle you have an amazing view of the Straits, the sandy beaches and swordfish boats.
The crystal clear seawater contrasts incredibly with the peaks of the Aspromonte mountains.
Along the 'porticciolo', or port area, you can find many trattorias serving seafood and typically swordfish rolls paired with the local Scilla wine. The first 10 days of August also sees the annual swordfish festival.
Try this Swordfish Recipe from Scilla we found on Facebook
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