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Pozzallo

Pozzallo is the only town on the coast of Ragusa. It is situated in a picturesque bay not far from the popular Capo Passero resort in the southern part of Sicily. The population is about 18000. The distance between the capital of the province and Pozzallo is little bit more than 30 km, between Pozzallo and the nearest airport – about 150 km. Pozzallo is one of the best resorts of Raguza.

Pozzallo started to develop in the middle of the 17th century. Before that time there was a village known as a small fishing port. The heart of Pozzallo has always been considered to be a great tower called Torre Carbera. It was built in the 15th century and was rebuilt in the 17th century after an earthquake. Torre Carbera protected Pozzallo from pirates. During the Second World War its mighty walls became very useful because the tower served as an anti-aircraft pill-box. Torra Carbera is the main symbol of the town. It is represented on the coat of arms of Pozzallo.

Pozzallo is a typical coastal town of Sicily: narrow streets, trattorias, where fisher-men come to eat and drink, and the wonderful Pietre Nere beach, which brought popularity to Pozzallo, especially in summer. Pietre Nere has got the Blue Flag for its ecological purity.

Pozzallo is a suitable place to go to Malta by sea. It will take you a little bit more than an hour and a half to go to La Valetta by high-speed cutter. The other way to get to Malta is by catamarans of Virtu Company. You can go to Modica, Noto and Scicly from Pozzallo. These places are famous as the towns of the Sicilian baroque.

Pozzallo is a wonderful place for holidays all the year round. There are interesting events and holidays in Pozzallo during each season of a year. For example, in autumn the holiday of the local Vittoria Cerasuolo wine is celebrated there. In winter people come to celebrate the Christmas and the New Year. In spring they celebrate Easter and take part in the Easter processions. In summer there is a great choice of interesting events; for example, the day of St. Johann, who is considered to be the patron-saint of the town, and the ice-cream festival.

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