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Scala dei Turchi (Turkish Steps)By Anthony Parente
You can spend your time here and relax by sunbathing or take a swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean. If you seek something more adventurous you will see people diving off the cliffs into the water. You can climb the steps or walk along the sandy trails. It is a stunning location to take photos especially at sunset. It is believed the white marl has healing and restorative powers for your skin so you may see people covering their body hoping to capture its therapeutic benefits.
Legend tells us that the name was derived from the time that Sicily was being raided by the Saracen pirates (locals referred to them as Turks). They would anchor their ships along the cliffs shielding it from the winds then climb the natural staircase and raid and plunder local villages and hence the area was called the Scala dei Turchi (Turkish steps).
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