Scala dei Turchi, Sicily
The Scala dei Turchi (Italian: “Stair of the Turks”) is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, southern Sicily, Italy. It has become a tourist attraction due to its unusual white color, as well as by its mention in Andrea Camilleri’s series of detective stories about Commissario Montalbano.
You can reach the white cliff on foot, climbing a large, limestone staircase that has formed naturally over the centuries. The nature, as a great artist, has worked this material over time, making it soft and sinuous, with the help of the sea and the salty breeze, creating terraces and smoothing every corner. When you ascend the staircase, you will have the feeling of being in Wonderland, on a huge white meringue. The sea, taking advantage of this sparkling white, will be showing off his blue. By the way, the name Scale of the Turks seems to derive from the fact that in ancient times the ships of marauding Arabs and Turks found shelter in this bay.
The Scala is formed by a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white color. It lies between two sandy beaches, and is accessed through a limestone rock formation in the shape of a staircase, hence the name. The latter part of the name derives from the frequent raids carried on by Moors. In August 2007, the municipality of Realmonte applied for the inclusion of the Scala dei Turchi (together with the nearby Roman Villa Aurea) in the UNESCO Heritage List.
Along the beach near the Scala there are two well-equipped facilities for dining and bathing.
“Scala dei Turchi is a place of outstanding beauty. When you look at these rocks you can hardly believe that nature can produce colours and shapes like these. You can find strong contrast between blu sea and white marl cliff and the view is amazing . There’s a peaceful atmosphere and a very beautiful scenery. Now I’m sure, this place is not on the planet Earth … Don’t miss it if you go to Sicily!”