The Castle of Santa Caterina is located on the summit of Monte Santa Caterina from which the entire island of Favignana is dominated. It is a castle that during the modern era was the protagonist of many reconstructions and today is monumental and of great beauty.

Built as a watchtower in the ninth century AD, during the reign of Roger d'Altavilla, in 1081, it was enlarged and, in the fifteenth century, strengthened by Andrea Rizzo, Lord of Favignana, who had it restored in its current form, with stone of tuff obtained on the island, in order to counteract the frequent Saracen attacks. In 1655, the fort was remodeled to be sent to prison by the Bourbons from 1794 to 1860. About 32,000 people suffered the prison in Santa Caterina. During the 1860 uprising, which led to the unification of Italy, the castle was looted and devastated. After various uses, it was used during the Second World War and equipped with artillery posts to defend the island. He is currently in a state of neglect.

Erected in local limestone with a rectangular shape with symmetrical projections to the four corners, the castle of Santa Caterina was equipped with a ground floor buried in the rock and used, since the seventeenth century, the reception of political prisoners. The first floor consisted of premises likely to house the garrison and overlooked by the sighting terrace. A small moat ran along the facade and the entrance was possible through a drawbridge. The light inside the castle penetrated through a large number of ogival windows, loopholes, glimmers and holes. On the upper floor there were a series of low vaulted rooms that belonged to officers and soldiers. There was also a chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine where the priest officiated Mass for the inmates. It can therefore be assumed that the name of Santa Caterina derives from the church or chapel of which the Normans built the castle.

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

Favignana Island

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.

Marettimo Island

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

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.

Gioacchino Cataldo Last Rais of the Tonnara of Favignana

Gioacchino Cataldo was the last "rais", the eighth in the history of the Florio-owned plant.

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.