The voyage of Ulysses, discovering the Viola Coast

A sea to love

At the end of the Trojan War, Ulysses undertook the return journey to Ithaca, of which he was sovereign. His journey, however, was long and troubled, full of experiences and vicissitudes. One of these adventures took him to the Strait of Messina, between Scilla and Cariddi. The beautiful nymph Scilla, transformed into a hideous monster by the sorceress Circe, was the nightmare of sailors on the Calabrian coast facing the Rocca that is today called Scilla. On the Sicilian shores, the monster Cariddi swallowed the ships of adventurers (even today large vortices are formed in these waters that are dangerous for the boats).


Another unmissable sea itinerary is on the Coast of Gelsomini, on the southernmost riviera of Calabria. It features over 90 kilometres of sandy bays and rocks that overlook the sea.



Latest updates 10 June 2019
Time to read 5 min.
The Journey of Ulysses
Estimated Time 1day
Scheduled distance 100.00 km
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Scilla and its surroundings

From the port of the Tyrrhenian town of Scilla there are marine excursions and small cruises that run along the Costa Viola, tracing the landscapes and routes of classical mythology. From the same port it is also possible to reach the Sicilian Aeolian islands (Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, and Vulcano) in order to be fully immersed in the legend. Tourist excursions take place by boat in Costa Viola (on the Ulysses itinerary) (departure from the Port of Scilla).