Towers and tunny-fishing factories routes


Towers and tunny-fishing factories routes

It’s a landscape and coastal itinerary to be followed as an adventure, a photographic tour in pursuit of unique views, among monuments to the work and strength.
If you’re looking for abandoned “tonnare”, although the life and work of entire generations can never be heard, you’ll be able to listen to the rustle of the wind accompanying your curious gaze, through evocative strips of old walls, plays of light and old industrial techniques, to the discovery of corroded tools of the past.
Whereas, in the few “tonnare” remaining, today turned into factories or hotels, you can seek their old form. Instead, the many ancient towers will pave the way, because it’s good to remember that there will always be one that observes you from afar and everywhere.

Today, these monuments to the strength, these communication, defence and sighting towers suffer fatigue of time: medieval or seventeenth century structures, they are almost always located on steep slopes, or even unreachable: on the top of spurs of rock, high, very high on crests difficult to reach.
Today, those which can be reached are always ruins, timeless and without a future, abandoned because of the carelessness of man by a distracted society, but sublime to the gaze, immersed in the blue of the sea, in the grey of the rocks, in the brown of the soils, in the green and in all the colours of a still friendly nature.


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    Tonnara of San Giuliano (the Tuna Trap of St. Julian) and Punta Tipa beach

    The tuna trap of “San Giuliano Palazzo”, closed in 1961, was probably the first tuna trap in Western Sicily....

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    Ligny Tower

    The tower is set on the westernmost tip of the city on the rocks that form the continuation of...

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    The Dovecote

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    Tower and tunnery of Bonagia

    The structure of the former tunnery, one of the most interesting from an architectural point of view , now...

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    Mpisu Tower

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    The ‘Secco’ Tonnara

    The Tonnara on dry ground, now disused , was a facility needed to support the Tonnara (system of boats...

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    Sciere Tower

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    Isulidda Tower

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    Tonnara (tunny-fishing factory) of San Cusumano

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    Tonnara and Cofano tower

    Situated in a natural setting of extraordinary beauty opposite the rock of the ‘Scialandro’ and close to ‘Cape of...

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