Tonnara – ENG


Point of interest n°3

The waterfront known as the Tonnara, active until the late 1960s, was used during the month of April to prepare the fishing nets and boats for the Tonnara. Set out to sea and left there for roughly 45 days, they formed a corridor for capturing tuna, leading to the infamous death chamber.

Traditionally, the largest tuna was sold in the town’s main Corso, with the proceeds being donated for the feast day. Owned by the Prince Raimondo Lanza di Trabia, the Tonnara employed several local fishermen throughout the year, repairing the nets, cords and boats used for tuna fishing. Today, the old depositories used to house the boats and equipment have been transformed into the fashionably elegant “Hotel Tonnara”.