(33km from Ragusa; 18,000 inhabitants; 20m a.s.l.; zip code 97016,
area code 0932) is the only coastal city of the province. It nestles
in a beautiful and much frequented bay.
importance of Pozzallo goes back to the 14th century, when it was
a strategic military and commercial outpost for the County of Modica.
The Count had a harbor built there, the so-called caricatore, around
which the Scaro, the earliest quarter, soon grew up. This is one
the most picturesque sides in town, thanks to its narrow, cosy streets.
The modern city has grown on a modern orthogonal urban grid.
origins of Pozzallo are mostly unknown. The recovery of ancient
coins ranging in date from the 3rd through the 1st century BC provided
evidence for the Byzantine and Roman presence in the area. Its fresh
water reserves made it an important and obliged stop for vessels
in the Mediterranean. The term Pozzallo right means “a well
at the seaside”. During the Arab domination it became a refuge
for Arabian warships, the so-called Dromoni. Because of continued
raids by pirates, Giovanni Cabrera ordered the construction of a
lookout tower alongside the Caricatore, that would be then called
the Torre Cabrera. The works started in 1429; bathed by the sea
and built with two metres’ thick walls, loop-holes and over
thirty metres tall, the tower was fundamental to the protect the
area. Over the years, both the Torre Cabrera and the Caricatore
grew in importance, as far as the terrible earthquake that in 1693
razed Pozzallo to the ground. On 12 June 1829 Francis of Bourbon,
King of the Two Sicilies, proclaimed Pozzallo’s autonomy from
the Modica county. The importance of the Torre and the Caricatore
would decline in the 19th century; the former was used as a military
outpost during the World War I and is, today, regarded as a symbol
of the city.
economy mainly relies on the summer tourism, fishing and agriculture;
the carob output is particularly important, Pozzallo being a major
National producer and exporter. Industry has much developed in recent
years; many factories have grown across the area.
offers many attractions. The Torre Cabrera, built by Giovanni Bernardo
Cabrera in 1429, is especially worth-seeing. Recently restored,
it is now equipped to receive tourists. Rigth behind it, stands
the Palazzo Musso, a beautiful building in the liberty-style, dating
from 1926. The Villa Tedeschi, rising in the very town centre, is
also worth-mentioning. A group of salty ponds, in the environs of
Pozzallo, are a must-see for bird-watchers.
Castello di Donnafugata
Marina di Modica
Marina di Ragusa