Scaletta zanclea

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Scaletta zanclea
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Scaletta Zanclea (Italien)
Scaletta Zanclea
State Italy
Region Sicily
Metropolitan City Messina (ME)
Local designation Scal(i)etta
Coordinates 38° 3′ N, 15° 28′ OCoordinates 38° 3′ 0″ N, 15° 28′ 0″O
Height 8 m s.l.m.
Area 5 km²
Inhabitants 1.958 [31 Dec, 2019][1]
Postal code 98029
Area code 090
ISTAT number 083094
People’s Scalettesi
Patron Saint Santa Maria del Carmelo

Scaletta Zanclea is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Messina in the Sicily region of Italy with a population of 1958 (as of 31 December 2019).

Castle of the Princes Ruffo in Scaletta

Location and data

Scaletta Zanclea is located 17 kilometers southwest of Messina and consists of the hamlets of Scaletta Marina, Scaletta Superiore, Guidomandri Marina and Guidomandri Superiore. The inhabitants work mainly in agriculture and industry in Messina.

Scaletta Zanclea is on the A18 / E45 motorway, the nearest exit is Messina Sud / Tremestieri and is about 13 km away. From Scaletta Zanclea train station the train takes 20 minutes to Messina and via Taormina about 1 hour 40 minutes to Catania.

The neighboring municipalities are: Itala and Messina.


Scaletta (German “Treppchen”) describes the step-like ascent of the village from the sea to the castle, Zanclea as an adjective (German roughly “zanklisch”) refers to Zankle, the first Greek name of the neighbouring Messina, and thus serves to distinguish it from other Italian places with the name Scaletta.


The oldest part of the village, Scaletta Superiore, developed around the castle from the 16th century onwards. From 1928 to 1947 the neighbouring Itala to the south was also part of the political municipality.

On 1 October 2009, Scaletta Zanclea, as well as southern parts of Messina, was severely affected by landslides caused by a storm disaster; more than 30 people were killed.[2]

Places of interest

  • The Romanesque castle, later the castle of the Ruffo family, princes of Scaletta, in the hamlet of Scaletta Superiore, built from the 13th to the 17th century, with cultural and historical collections
  • The church of San Nicolò from the 17th century

The Palazzetto Ruffo in the Scaletta Marina district, which is of great cultural and historical value, was destroyed in the 2009 storm.

Individual references

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, as of 31 December 2019.
  2. Messina, un inferno di fango. Almeno 18 morti, oltre 30 dispersi, La Repubblica, 2 October 2009 (Italian)

Web links

Commons: Scaletta Zanclea– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Official site of Scaletta Zanclea (italian)