Gioacchino Cataldo was the last "rais" (chief of the fishermen), the eighth in the history of the Florio-owned establishment.
Ever since he was a child, "the love for tuna" he called it, had led him to become a fisherman for a period of 33 years and rais for 11.
He died on 21 July 2018 with a deep regret on the part of all the people who had loved him and also of those who had been fascinated by his exploits.
He was often seen walking around the island with his impressive yet elegant appearance. Fù a sui-generis fisherman, he himself liked to call himself "romantic fisherman" in his veins the salt air flowed and his heart beat to the rhythm of the waves that furrowed his beloved islands.
Favignana loses a man who has dedicated his life to the trap but also the torment of a tonnaroto worried about the future of the factory and the fishing sector.
"When my generation and that of fifty-year-olds will no longer be there, the fisherman's trade will be lost because the young people do not want to learn this job. You must have the tonnara in your blood, you must love it, it's all a number", he said he called himself "strong by numbers".
He was a profound connoisseur of the sea and in particular of tuna fishing through the use of fixed tuna of Arab origin, a millenary tradition that is now disappearing.
What proudly reminds us of our "rais" was that he managed to carve out the role of testimonial of the mattanza over the years and in 2006 he was included among the "living human treasures" of the Intangible Heritage Register of Sicily, a document prepared by the Region Sicilian to preserve the immaterial riches of the island, a living encyclopedia of fishing, of life as a tonnaroto and of the true passion for the sea.
Now the King has placed the crown on the most beautiful cliff of Favignana, we want to remember you like this, Neptune is back in his kingdom.
Favignana -Tonnara Florio
The former Tuna-fish Establishment: Tonnara Florio
Favignana -Cala Rossa Bay
one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
Levanzo - Genoese Cave (Grotta del Genovese)
It was discovered in 1949 to the northwest by the small seaside village of Levanzo.
Favignana - Lovers’ Cave - Grotta degli Innamorati
A splendid cave, crystal clear sea, a romantic story.
Favignana - Cala Azzurra Bay
The bay that takes its name from the color of the sea
Favignana - Bue Marino Bay
One of the most particular dreams of Favignana.
Levanzo - Capo Grosso
The most suggestive cliff of the egadi
The nature reserve of the Saline Trapani and Paceco
The nature reserve that contains a thousand-year history.
The history of the Florio Family
A successful entrepreneurial dynasty
The butterfly-shaped island, wonder of the Egadi
Favignana - Beach of Lido Burrone
Lido Burrone, the equipped beach of Favignana.
Favignana - Cala San Nicola beach
Small beach on the south side.
Favignana - Grotta Perciata
A lovely place to immerse yourself in contact with nature.
Colicchia Pastry Ice cream Granita trapani
The historic Trapanese pastry and the granita that awakens the taste buds.
Sea, nature and history set in what is the pearl of the Mediterranean.
Cous Cous Fest San Vito Lo Capo
A fantastic combination of flavors and traditions
Castle of Santa Caterina Favignana
The Castle of Santa Caterina is the manor that dominates the island
Natural Reserve of Mountain Cofano
The perfect combination of history and nature
Zingaro Nature Reserve
One of the most magical corners of Sicily where land and sea dance in unison
San Vito Lo Capo City
The ideal destination for your holidays in Sicily.
Favignana - Beach of Scalo Cavallo
The beach born from an old tuff quarry
Discovering the "Medieval village of Erice"
Favignana - Praia Beach
beach near the center of the village
Favignana - Bay of Cala Rotonda
When Mother Nature creates wonders!
Island of Levanzo
Levanzo, the most romantic and small island of the Egadi
Cala Fredda (Fridda) Beach - Levanzo
Cala Fredda a small beach composed of rocks.
Cala Minnola Beach - Levanzo
The beach known for its pine forest overlooking the sea.
Favignana - Punta Longa Beach
Known for its enchanting and characteristic fishing harbour.
Favignana - Cala Grande Beach
Perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquility.
Scopello - La Tonnara
Place where sea and history meet in a unique beauty.
Scopello - Faraglioni beach
Little corner of paradise.
Scopello - Guidaloca beach
Seaside village of Castellammare del Golfo
One of the most wonderful seaside villages in Italy.