The Scala dei Turchi / “Stair of the Turks”, is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, southern Sicily, Italy. It has become a tourist attraction, partly due to its mention in Andrea Camilleri’s series of detective stories about Commissario Montalbano. It is the second most visited attraction in Agrigento after the Valley of the Temples.
The Scala is formed by marl, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white colour which is in striking contrast to the deep blue waters of the sea. 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. One of the best times to visit the Scala dei Turchi is at sunset for a truly beautiful sight.
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.
The island’s dishes use fresh ingredients cooked quite simply so as not to overpower any of the flavours, they have just the right balance in their use of herbs and spices to enhance a meal. Being an island there is an ample supply of seafood which includes sardines ,swordfish, squid, sea bream, sea bass, snapper. tuna, anchovies and cuttlefish, and in the lakes and streams there are fresh-water trout . The western part of the island is devoted to growing grapes for wine-making
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