To fully understand the recent past of Favignana and Egadi islands, the former Florio cannery is a must. There are those who rightly called this a jewel of industrial archeology. In fact the equipment and vessels employed in the slaughter of tuna were housed here and the tuna meat was canned on site. The tuna canning industry flourished from 1859 when the Genovese Giulio Drago began the activity and continued until the ’70s only to be superseded when the market began to favour other areas and more advanced processing techniques. In truth the epic Florio family was the architect of one of the first infrastructures which turned the mattanza into a major tuna industry. For decades after the cessation of activities, the cannery saw a progressive decline and was finally abandoned. In the last decade the Region of Sicily took charge of restructuring and beautifully restoring the building transforming it into a giant marine museum, indeed the biggest in Europe.

Historic boats stationed at Florio plan
Historic boats stationed at Florio plan

 Opening Hours:

AM 10.00 – 13.30

PM 5.00 – 11.30

Guided tours available in August

AM: 10.30, 11.15, 12.00, 

PM 5.30, 6.00, 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 10.00

Boat gateway to Tonnara used at the time of old time mattanza

 

Tickets:

Full € 4.00 Euro

Reduced € 2.00 Euro

Free up to 18 years

Free admission every first Sunday of the month

Tickets are on sale in Favignana at the museum

 

 

Source: www.cosafarei.it/isole-egadi

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