A pure white marl cliff that plunges into the Mediterranean
Scala dei Turchi
Candidate for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is situated on a stretch of coast at high hydrogeological risk, and for this reason the number of people that can visit it is strictly controlled. To reach the beach under the Scala dei Turchi is simple, but only on foot. Having parked the car, in fact, you go through a passage provided by the owners of the "Lido Scala dei Turchi" restaurant, and having reached the beach after about five minutes' walk you find yourself at the foot of this marvellous white cliff.
Historically, the name derives from its physical conformation that made it ideal for the ships of Saracen pirates to land (Turks for the local people) so they could easily lay waste to the coastal villages. Its curving, irregular form and its characteristic white colour are due to certain minerals present in the rock, that make it dazzlingly bright in the sunlight.
A perfect natural setting for the cinema, we find it in "Malena" by Tornatore, in one of the episodes of "Chief Inspector Montalbano", and in "Guerra per Amore" directed by Pif, to name a few.