Porta Palermo – ENG

Point of interest n°1 – Porta Palermo

Proceeding on foot along state road 113 in the direction of Messina, take the junction for the centre of Trabia, then pass the PA-ME railway underpass to reach the outside of the city’s ancient walls, which were finally restored in 2008 after their partial demolition by the American armed forces during World War II. The walls were built by Prince Ottavio Lanza II, known as the edificatore, or builder, during the first half of the 17th century, to defend the then small town and lands surrounding the castle.The lateral walls of the gate feature four memorial plaques, two of which date back to the same period of construction as the walls: in the first stone the prince lays claim to these lands, and in the second benevolently and hospitably invites passersby to enter the territory. The other two plaques list the war heroes of Trabia who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend their country during WW I.