In Italy there are many wonderful places still little known by most tourists, because of their location, distant from major cities and airports. One of these is the small town of Realmonte, province of Agrigento, on the southern coast of Sicily. This stretch of coast between Porto Empedocle and Realmonte is characterized by the Stair of the Turks (Scala dei Turchi), a rocky cliff formed by marl, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white color. At the foot of this cliff there are two fine sandy beaches.
The Scala dei Turchi has a wavy shape with soft lines. Its name is due to the fact that Saracen pirates (called Turkish by the locals) took shelter here from the winds and storms.
In recent years the Scala dei Turchi has become increasingly popular, following the success of the detective novels by the Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri. The protagonist of the novels is the Police Inspector Salvo Montalbano. The novels are set in these very places. These novels have been so successful that they became a popular television series in Italy.