Wherever you go along the Sicilian coasts you will meet one of these silent witnesses of the relationship between Sicily and the sea, marvelous monuments , which have had little attention and are not very visible because they are part of the Sicilian atmosphere.We have selected some among the 119 sighting towers, among more than eighty tuna fishing centres and the ancient salt pans, they are all treasures to be discovered. 1) PALERMO –The Tower of Rotolo The Tower of Friar John or tower of Ruotolo is located on the Rotolo top, between the Addaura and Virgin Mary, on the seafront Christopher Columbus, in the place of Virgin Mary, a fishing village of Palermo.It is not much different from the other towers displaced along the Sicilian coast, but it became the subject of visits thanks to the fiction of the Commissar Montalbano, becoming for a lot of people the Tower of Montalbano’s house.7) MARZAMEMI- The tuna fishing centre of Marzamemi The Tonnara of Marzamemi, built in the 16th century, is one of the oldest and most important tuna fishing centres in eastern Sicily.
2) FAVIGNANA – Former Florio plant A visit to the former Florio plant is essential for those who want to experience a journey into the glorious past of the tuna fishing centre and what it represented for the development of the island of Favignana and Sicily.The density of the salt in the water changes the colours of the reflections and at sunset is becomes an exultation of colours , worthy of the best photographers in the world.4) VALDERICE – Tonnara di Bonagia ( Tuna fishing centre) The Tonnara of Bonagia overlooks a tiny marina that formerly was used as shelter for fishing boats.( 3) MARSALA – The salt pans of the lagoon The salt pans of the lagoon stretch in the area of the natural reserve of the Stagnone Islands, they create one of the most original and fascinating landscapes of Sicily, a unique area facing the island of Mothia.From Trapani to Mozia it is a succession of tanks, example of an interaction between man and nature.
The former Florio plant is a real jewel of industrial archaeology , here are safeguarded the equipment, anchors and boats of slaughter inside a place had become one of the most flourishing canning tuna processing industries.