The Turkish Steps

Local nameScala dei Turchi
LocationAgrigento, Italy

The Scala dei Turchi 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.

The Scala is formed by marl, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white color, formed from the tests of planktonic foraminifera. They belong to the Trubi Formation, a sedimentary unit of Lower Pliocene age, which were deposited after the Zanclean flood, in which the Mediterranean refilled after having previously evaporated during the Messinian salinity crisis. The cliffs lie 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 Saracen or Barbary pirates.

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Address 92010, Italy

Coordinates 37°17'23.648" N 13°28'21.914" E

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