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THE TUNA FACTORY TELLS
SICILY ONCE UPON A TIME
Sicily is full of tunafactory which in the past represented one of the most important items of the regional economy. There are everywhere, from Palermo to Capo Passero.
Most of the factories are in a state of neglect. Some of these, however, have been recovered on the initiative of private individuals, changing their intended use and inaugurating a real second life. Dating back to 1789, the Tonnara di Sciacca is one of these.
It is one of the oldest in Sicily and today represents a wise example of recovery of an industrial archeology artefact on the coast.

A SMALL JEWEL
ON THE SOUTHERN COAST

La Tonnara is a place rich in history and tradition located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. There are two types of tonnara:
 
“Forward”: it is located on the western coast of Sicily and where tuna, full of energy and eggs from the Strait of Gibraltar, were caught;
“Return”: it is located on the south-eastern side of Sicily. In this case, tuna are fished while their way back from the Mediterranean and which had “escaped” from the outgoing tuna traps.
 
The Sciacca plant was a “return” trap.