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Scopello is a small village located on the Gulf of Castellammare in north western Sicily. Scopello derives its name from the Greek "scopelos" meaning rock. It is a favorite destination for tourists in Italy and across Europe for its beautiful rocky coastlines and isolated beaches. The small bay of Faraglioni (sea stacks) is one of the better known areas, with its rock formations rising out of the water and rocky walls surrounding the beach. The Zingaro Nature Reserve is nearby to appreciate some of the beautiful landscape and natural surroundings, which is a popular place for hiking around. Though there is evidence of occupation here in prehistoric times, the recorded history of Scopello covers Hellenistic Greek times, and later ages of the Romans, Arabs and Normans. The village that exists here today dates to the 17th century, but it's a mix of various architectures retaining some of the older structures it was build around. Once a virtually unknown place to tourists, Scopello and the surrounding areas have become somewhat more popular in recent years due to exposure from film directors and magazine photographers. There are some scenes in Ocean's Twelve that were filmed in Scopello, which has drawn more tourists here since its release in 2004.