Photographer's Note

Realmonte is a small town situated on a plain close to the sea. Between the beach and the gypseous hills lining the coast, there is the Scala dei Turchi (The Turkish Staircase).
The Staircase is a beautiful white marl cliff, a sedimentary rock formed by limestone and clay. Wind and rain have modelled it into a staircase.
The view is unique, and the white of the rocks looks brighter because the sun light insinuates itself between the light blue of the sky and the deep blue of the water: it's a paradise.
The water is incredibly clear and during the summer there is a big crowd of people sunbathing.
According to an old legend, the Saracen corsairs having anchored their boats behind the staircase, climbed the cliff reaching the top. Once there they robbed the local people.
Actually is not very probable that the Turks arrived up to there, but the legend prevailed.
There is also another story connected to the Scala dei Turchi: 200 metres off the beach there are two rocks, "u zitu" (the boyfriend) and "a zita" (the girlfriend), which refer to the love affair of two young local lovers.

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