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Capo Peloro

Capo Peloro is the extreme north-western corner of Sicily, easy to be identified thanks to the presence of an enormous steel pylon of more than 200 metres of height, that till the Nineties was used to bring electricity to the island. Now the structure is a reference point for the navigation in the Straits. Behind the pylon there is the so called Torre degli Inglesi: dated back to the XVI century, with form of a truncated cone and surrounded by a fortalice, it was seat of a British outpost during XIX century, at British invasion time. Since 2001, it hosts the Parco Horcynus Orca, a foundation that has promoted a campaign of excavation in the area next to the tower; archaeologists found the basement of a Roman age lighthouse and some cisterns, the finds has been showed in the former small fort, that now can be visited only make a booking. The wildlife reserve was born to safeguard the lagoon area of Capo Peloro, but the initiatives of safeguard and valorisation interest the entire Straits, considered a great naturalistic laboratory. The continue ebbs of the waters of the two seas are very important not only because clean the marine environment making it constantly transparent, but also because contribute to create a rich and special ecosystem, passage destination of sea migratory species as tuna, garfish, swordfish. Mantas, fin whales, sperm whales and sharks pass in these waters too. A thousand-year tradition is the swordfish fishing that is one the characteristic of Straits' scenery: felucca, the sailing boat used for fishing, presents a very long prow and a high central tower from which the lookouts sight the preys and signal to the harpooner on the tip of the prow. A long time is passed from Omero's, Polibio's and Strabone's descriptions and the feluccas are now equipped with motor, but the hunt of swordfish continues to be a challenge between man and nature.



Messina

Messina

Although the dynamism, characteristic of a port town, Messina surprises the visitors with its works of art hidden in churches and buildings, with its wonderful panoramic view of the Straits and ...

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Ganzirri

Ganzirri

Ganzirri, just at the south of Torre Faro, has preserved its aspect of seafaring village, with its characteristic of overlooking contemporarily on the Straits and on one of the salty lake of Capo Pe...

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Capo Peloro

Capo Peloro

Capo Peloro is the extreme north-western corner of Sicily, easy to be identified thanks to the presence of an enormous steel pylon of more than 200 metres of height, that till the Nineties was used ...

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Torre Faro Village

Torre Faro Village

The village of Torre del Faro, six miles up north of Messina, near Capo Peloro, has been developed around the church of Madonna della Lettera, rebuilt after the terrible earthquake of 1908 that destro...

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