Fort di Capo Passero is located on a small island Isola di Capo Passero. It was commissioned in 1599 by the crown of Spain. Developed by Giovanni Antonio del Nobile, a German-sicilian architect, the fort was built to combat the dangers of severe and violent pirate activity in the Mediterranean region. Throughout the years, the fort remained a highly sought after naval resource as it was the guardian of the entrance to Europe. Whoever controlled the fort was considered to control the entrance to Europe.

During the 18th century the fort was used as a military prison. However on December 30, 1866 a Royal Decree halted military prison activity in the fort. In 1871 a lighthouse was built in the terrace of the fort, which was operated by the Italian Navy until it was fully decommissioned in the late 1950s.



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Founded: 1599
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Giacomo Anelli (13 months ago)
Spectacular extreme point of Italy.
Fabrizio Pivari (15 months ago)
Majestic fort overlooking the island
ant anto (2 years ago)
Military fortress located on the island of the same name, in a predominant and strategic position for sightings in the surrounding marine area. The massive structure, usual for constructions of this type, characterizes its appearance and gives it an aura of solidity, which however (precisely for these reasons) does not constitute anything particularly refined from an artistic point of view, although it exercises a certain charm for lovers of this genre
Sierra india Mike Oscar (2 years ago)
Seen from the sea it is a very quiet and beautiful location. The water below is clean and crystal clear. The seabed is about 10 meters. Possibility to rent a boat and / or raft to admire the fantastic monument or bathe in the splendid Sicilian waters. Isolotto located south of the eastern coast of Sicily.
Ele Paderi (2 years ago)
Most south-eastern point of Sicily. Once connected to the mainland, today the island can be reached by boat or by boat from Scalo Mandrie, or by swimming due to its proximity. It is said that during low tide it is possible to reach it on foot. The islet is not inhabited and if to the south there is a beautiful beach, continually shaped by winds and tides, to the north the coast is rocky and dominated by a fort, built by Emperor Charles V
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