The White Cliffs Of Sicily

White and pristine, these seaside cliffs are coveted by Sicilians, and are a priceless gift from Madre Terra (Mother Nature). La Scala dei Turchi, or Stairs of the Turks, is a natural phenomenon of hard-mud material that is a combination of calcium carbonate and lime mixed with other types of clay and silt, called marl or marlstone.

A popular swimming spot that we must respect and protect, la Scala dei Turchi, located in Realmonte near Agrigento, was named after a local legend that recounts when Saracen, or Turkish, pirates scaled the white cliffs that pour like stairs into the Africa-facing sea.

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