Pozzallo, Province of Ragusa, Sicily
- Population: about 17,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 97016
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0932
Provinces of Sicily
In the 15th century Count Bernardo of Modica of the Cabrera family ordered the construction of a tower as a protection against the frequent raids of the pirates, and the village rose around the fortress. It became an autonomous municipality in 1829.
What to see
- 1926 Palazzo Musso, built in the Art Nouveau style.
- The panoramic Lungomare Pietre Nere, leading to the old center of narrow lanes, into the Scaro quarter, where was once an old well, "pozzofèto", used by passing ships as a water supply.
- The Torre Cabrera, the ancient fortress on the sea, built by count Berardo Cabrera as a defense for the warehouses of Il Caricatore, has a wonderful terrace on the sea at top. It included until 1715 a chapel to "Santa Maria della Pietà", represented in a still visible fresco. The underground locals wre used as prisons, and there was a place for death-row prisoners called "Pozzo della morte".
- The church of Santa Maria di Portosalvo, built in 1746 on a rock facing the tower, whose facade was recently rebuilt around the original beautiful portal. Inside a baptismal fountain of 1770 by sculptor Stefano Calabrese and a fine 1858 altar decorated with chalk low-relief by Antonino Assenza.