The Ancient Village: Scopello
The ancient village of Scopello lies on a red rock overlooking the gulf and its name comes from the Greek Skopelòs, that means “rock”.
The village, theater of historical events, has a sixteenth century “baglio” (from the Arab bahal, courtyard), in which a majestic tree rises. The courtyard, the beating heart of Scopello, is surrounded by few houses, a small paved square and a watering place made of stone.
Scopello and its territory are steeped in an aura of mystery fueled by the legends and the stories told by the village’s old people. It’s a unique place where the time seems not to have passed and where you can find an engaging atmosphere such as the hospitality and the friendliness of the inhabitants who are about 200.
If you want to take refreshment after a day spent by the sea, you can find bars and restaurants in the village, which offer the best fish dishes of the traditional cooking and the specialties of the rural culture.
In particular, I suggest you to go to the Antico Forno, a sort of bakery where you can taste the delicious pane cunzatu, which basically is flavored bread, and other specialties, for example the sfincione, a very special pizza, or simply buy some homemade bread. You can eat there sitting in the shade of fig trees.
A real treat is the belvedere that you will discover walking through the streets of the village; from there the view overlooking the Faraglioni Rocks, the Tonnara of Scopello and the Bennistra Tower is breathtaking!
Well, Scopello is a necessary step of your journey in this paradise, where nature, culture and gastronomy blend in perfect harmony.
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