Scalea is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.
The town takes its name from its terraced lay-out on the hillside, at the bottom of the Capo Scalea promontory. The old town is placed on the heights and preserves the remains of an ancient wall, while towards the beach, the Scalea Marina centre has recently been developed, with modern hotels, villas and numerous bathing areas on the beach.

Main sights:
  • Palazzo dei Principi, (13th century).
  • Palazzetto Normanno or Episcopio (12th century).
  • Torre Talao a tower built in the 16th century, part of a system of 337 coastal towers built to deter the pirate attacks.
  • Church of San Nicola in Plateis (originally from the 8th century, later restored).