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There are also some very important religious buildings: the Church of Santa Maria d'Episcopio, dedicated to the patron of the town, the Madonna del carmine, in the Norman style and the Church of San Nicola in Plateis, which was built upon the ruins of an ancient Byzantine chapel. But the most precious commodity of Scalea is the sea, with its 8 Km of beaches, its black cliffs and fascinating caves, paradise for scuba divers. The nearby mountainous regions and natural parklands of the "Pollino National Park" and the wonderful valley of the Argentino river, just beyond the residential area of Orsomarso, offer the opportunity to undertake a voyage of discovery, of just a few hours; the nearby Lao river is perfect for rafting, a descent of more than 10 Km through wooded gorges in a rubber dinghy. There are also opportunities for shorter, but nonethless interesting excursions, such as Papasidero or Santa Domenica Talao.