Scilla, Reggio Calabria, Calabria

Scilla is a town in the Italian province of Reggio Calabria, Calabria. Important tourist destination and seaside resort just north of Reggio, which is one of the finest and most distinctive villages of Italy; it is also a popular summer destination. Scilla is located on the homonymous tip, which is 22 km north of the capital; Promontory Scillèo, leaning over the Strait of Messina. The origins are ancient, confused between the mythology, history, legend and poetic images fed for millennia by the suggestiveness of the natural environment. The historic center is called “San Giorgio”, and is built around Saint Roch Square which is based, among other things, by the church of Saint Roch, patron of Scilla, and the town hall. Saint Roch Square consists of a large terrace built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the panorama of the Strait of Messina. You can see Point Paci (which marks the southern end of the area Scilla), Sicily (especially Ganzirri and on a clear day, Cape Milazzo), in the distance some of the Aeolian Islands (Lipari, Panarea and Stromboli ) and the Ruffo Castle. The historic center includes the ancient city of Bastia, characterized by low houses overlooking the narrow streets. Some architectural elements of the local style still visible today in existing buildings, the characteristic vault and the typical circular window. Chianalea is the coastal area located on the north side of the cliff that houses the castle that separates Marina Grande, we find only a few meters beach because almost all its coast consists of cliffs and rocks that make it difficult and dangerous to entry into the water. Near the center we find Jeracari which is the most recent expansion where we find the municipal sports field. One of the main activities is the traditional fishing, known as ‘hunting swordfish’ (very important activity until the 50s). Today, tourism is a growing business.

Tips

Scilla is an ideal place for a great family holiday. You will find the sea, the beach, a good selection of restaurants, natural beauty and architectural works.
In the church of the Holy Spirit, in Marina Grande, you can see the painting Descent of the Holy Spirit by Francesco Celebrano (1799).
Unmissable, the Ruffo castle, which gives another touch of charm to such a beautiful place.

Photos by Francesco Cordova

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Spain

The Plaza Mayor is in the heart of Salamanca, Spain, and is the most characteristic monument of the city. It is an urban space built as a Castilian Big Square, trapezoidal, which, with the time, became the center of social life of the city; cultural festivals and religious ceremonies are held there regularly. It was built in Baroque style between 1729 and 1756; Andrew II De Salamanca City decided to build it to reward the loyalty of the city during the War of Spanish Succession. It has galleries with arches in the center, medallions on arches, bearing the likeness of famous people such as the Catholic Monarchs, Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes among others. You can also observe the coat of arms on the arches of the great arches in the balconies and other architectural elements.

Tips

The square is the perfect place to go for a walk, to meet with friends and share a coffee or a drink in a local around there.

Braies Lake, Bolzano, Italy

Braies Lake is a small alpine lake in the northeast of Italy at the foot of the Croda del Becco, at 1.495 meters. It is in Val Braies in the province of Bolzano, in the natural park Fanes-Sennes-Braies. The lake is surrounded by an exceptional natural environment with the natural setting of the Dolomites that make it a very visited place in the summer. Due to its small size, it is possible to go around within an hour of walking through a nice easy trail. On the way you will find a charming little church. There is also a beautiful inn by the lake.

Tips

You can swim in the lake if you like but the water is very cold.
You can also rent boats to sail on the lake .
If you love hiking, there are others little wilder trails that you could use.