I became interested in visiting the island of Favignana after reading Theresa Maggio’s book Mattanza. The title of this book refers to the ancient tradition of fishing blue fin tuna using the tonnara, a set of nets specifically designed for trapping the tuna. Mattanza is the final act, the killing of the tuna.
Favignana is the largest of the three islands that make up the Egadi archipelago and also the capital of this group of islands. Its location is off the coast of Trapani in northwestern Sicily. According to various sources, the name is derived from Favonio, an Italian name for the Föhn wind which is the prevalent wind in the island. Through historical times Favignana has been an island-fortress, a tuna fishing center and an island-prison.
We took the hydrofoil from Trapani and spent a lovely day touring the island on a Vespa. After a delicious lunch of the freshest seafood, we went to the pier to watch the fishermen bring in the catch of the day. I regret not having more pictures to show the beauty of the island but sometimes the experience of being there cannot be interrupted by the shutter of the camera.