of Capo Passero is the more country to south of the province
of Syracuse, and its particular geographical position has favored
the passage for these territories of the most greater civilizations
of the Mediterranean Sea. In the zone Scalo Mandrie the rests of
ancient catacombs of the Christian paleo period are still visible,
while in the beach great tubs are been recovered dug in the ground:
they was probably ancient containers used for the workmanship of
the tuna from the Greek, that drew the from the appreciated fish
of this line of sea "garum", a particular spicy sauce.
The fishing of the tuna constituted in the past the pivot of the
economy of the inhabitants of the zone. The establishments of the
ancient Tonnara of Capo Passero represent a notable
example of industrial archaeology. Really here, after the mattanza,
the fish was transported for being worked to duty (polished up,
disemboweled, boiled in special ovens, and finally preserved in
oil of olive).
Scalo Mandrie it is one of the 4 Neighborhoods
where the country is divided and it is the zone that more calls
the tourists for its shore back: beaches and bluffs alternate him
offering the possibility to choose to the visitor whether to stretch
themselves on the naked rock after a beautiful dive in the splendid
waters that caress the coast, or to tan on the soft sand of the
beach fellow townsman.
In front of the beach of Scalo Mandrie there is the island
of Capo Passero, an islet of volcanic nature from the characteristic
form that ihas a splendid beach in front of the country, while from
the other side the shore is rocky, with some particular and suggestive
ravines (as for instance the Caves of the Polyp)
created by the erosion of the water during the centuries.
On the tallest Part of the island of Capo Passero is risen stately
the Castle Fortitude of Charles V° of Germany
and king of Spain, a fortitude built in the XIV
century from the Aragonese ones during their dominion in Sicily
as tower of sighting and first defense against the piratical raids.
It was really one of these, gudata from the Turkish pirate Draggutt
to destroy the Castle, that then however was rebuilt. Currently
the fortitude of Charles V° is in restructuring.
Portopalo is crossed from the Street Vittorio Emanuele,
the long road that connects the two opposite sides of the country:
to east Scalo Mandrie, and to west the Fishing Port.
The fleet of Portopalo of Capo Passero is among the most important
Continuing toward west the coast introduces the alternation among
a shore rocky and small thin beachs to arrive to a zone that, for
the her territotrialis and floral characteristic, recalls to the
mind the typing of the coastal landscapes of the north Africa: we
are to the island of the Tides, a big rock-cliff
attached to the dry land by an artificial arm, a particularly fascinating
place for the sea and the beaches.
Another brief shore of rock-cliffs and rocks it separates the zone
of the island of the Tides from the beach of Carratois,
a long beach, characterized by low backdrops and thin sand. In its
final part Carratois is called Portobello, characteristic
zone for the presence of clay heaps.
Other places that deserve mention and visit are then the Church
of St. Gaetano in country and the oasis of St. Conrad,
natural scenery of effectiveness visual and emotional impact, place
where every year an as realistic as fascinating Living Manger