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The Egadi islands
archipelago was already inhabited in prehistoric times, when it was still
attached to the mainland, it never witnessed importan historical events, but it
has always attracted the attention of sailors in the Meditterraean, especially
pirates who regularly called in here for water.
The mythology tells that Elios from the hair of gold, guide of the heated wagon, not hardly in sky opening the rose-colored fingers beautiful dawn, sended its flock to pingui the pastures of the Trinacria island, entrusting it to the guard of two beautiful girls: Faetusia and Lampetia a present for its embrace from the Neera young.
Hour from the names of the two shepherds, and from their young mother, the names derive classics
Aegusa, Pharbantia, Hiera.
first real appearance of these islands on the stage of history, whose ancient name is also Aegades that is island of the
goes back to the fifteenth century when they were trasformd into a "tuna
barony” and assigned to Giovanni de Karissima.
was thanks to tuna fishing that the three islands, and especially Favignana,
in the space of a few decades prospered very much, to the benefit of everybody,
from the shipowners to the humblest fisherman.
former originally came from Liguria – they bought the archipelago in the 17th
century – and then there were the Florios, the powerful Palermo family whose
maison, built by the architect, can still be admired on Favignana.
Thanks to the Florio the “mattanza”, today object of many tourists, processing and conservation of tuna fish took a new lease of life.
Up to date : 28 december 2009
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