The economic activity of Portopalo is based especially on fishing and on the flourishing activity of its fish market. In the main town square there is the church of St Gaetano, patron saint of the town, built around 1812.
On the coast there are traces of silos and ancient port equipments. A necropolis of the 3rd century b.C. has recently been discovered in Manniri street. In front of the coast there is Capo Passero island whom, with low tide, you can reach even on foot. It has a lighting house and a 17th century tower, built after the fortress, wished in the 16th century by Charles 5th to defend the coast from the pirates’ attacks, was destroyed in 1526 by Turks.
The island is among the thirteen Sicilian places considered interesting for their exceptional vegetation by the Italian Botanical Society.
“Archive A.P.T. Syracuse”
Isola di Capo Passero (Foto: W. Leonardi)
Isola delle Correnti (Foto: E. Zinna)
Isola di Capo Passero (Foto: F. Barabagallo)