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Scalea is a picturesque town situated in Calabria in southern Italy, on the sunny Tyrrhenian coast. Surrounded by sea and mountains.

The old town is placed on the heights and preserves the remains of an ancient wall, while towards the beach, the Scalea Marina centre has recently been developed, with modern, comfortable hotels splendid villas and numerous, fully-equipped bathing areas on the beach. These enchanting beaches look out onto a sea of incomparable beauty.

large mapScalea is synonymous with seaside and holidays. Indeed, it is one of the most visited resorts in Italy. But the name of Scalea is also synonymous of culture, history and folklore. During the Swabian, Angevin, Aragonese and Spanish era, Scalea became an important fief and a centre of study, which was gradually enriched with monuments and works of art, most of which can still be admired today. The 13th century Palazzo of the Spinelli Princes (XIII century), which belongs to the Town Council, is the most important building of the lower part of the old Town Centre. In the old hamlet the main "street" is an attractive stairway that begins in piazza De Palma: it is a natural amphitheatre. Well worth a visit are the Norman Castle, the Palazzo Palamolla, of Renaissance inspiration and the Torre Cimalonga, Aragonese style building, now the seat of the "Antiquarium". Scalea is on the Cedro Riviera , which is in the Cosenza Provence in the Calabria region of Italy.

Flights are available to Lamezia Terme airport (see map above) with Ryanair from Stansted. Also Naples and Rome from Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Dublin, Leeds and others. By train, Scalea and Marcellina are easily accessible with direct lines from Lamezia, Rome or Naples. By road, Scalea is 1 hour 20 mins from Lamezia and 2.5 hours from Naples and 4.5 hours from Rome

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