The former Florio delle Tonnare plant of Favignana and Formica is an ancient tonnara (a traditional fishing system for catching tuna), one of the largest in the Mediterranean Sea. It was here that Mr Ignazio Florio, by the end of the 19th century, invented the revolutionary method of preservation of tuna, and built his famous plant. Today, this precious example of industrial architecture is home to a museum, provided with multimedia rooms, where interesting video tell habits and customs of the ancient tonnara and of the traditional Mattanza (the final stage of tuna fishing). Furthermore, a dedicated area keeps some archaeological underwater finds coming from the archipelago, some of which related to the Battle of the Egadi.
(credit photo Samuele Silva, Filippo Mannino, Erika Chaubert Studer, Renato Alongi)