Ganzirri – Capo Peloro

Lago Ganzirri

Lago Ganzirri - Hotel Donato a Messina

Just steps away from the Hotel, you will find the Ganzirri Lake or “Pantano grande” (The big marsh), that along with the Faro lake of “Pantano piccolo” (The little marsh), takes part of the Nature Reserve of Capo Peloro. The headquarters of traditional clam and mussel production and rearing activities are located here, an interesting ethnographic spot.

The Big Lake of Ganzirri (Il Lago Grande di Ganzirri) is a oasis of peace and tranquility. You are able to take walks along the lake and admire its natural beauty. Hundreds of species of migratory birds frequent the lake, stopping here to rest from their long journey towards the coast of Africa.

Capo Peloro – Torre Faro

Capo Peloro - Hotel Donato Ganzirri Messina

Capo Peloro (also called the point of the lighthouse or known by people from Messina simply and “lighthouse”) is at the northernmost point of Sicily and is part of the district of Messina, the Torre Faro quarter, and  it is near the Ganzirri lakes.

It is a low lying and sandy site south from the far end of south west Calabria, almost in front of the district of Cannitello, and that ends almost with the small town of Santa Trada, where the Calabrian pilon is located. The Sicilian pilon is located right at the tip of Capo Peloro, where Cariddi is located.

Capo Peloro is the point of entrance to the Strait of Messina and is hence signaled by a lighthouse that is very important for navigation. This is also the point where the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas meet, thus very strong currents cross its shores. This is why the configuration of the shorelines change annually.

The lagoon of Capo Peloro has national importance, being recognized by the Italian Botanical Society, along with international importance, as it was added to the UNESCO Water Project in 1972. There are over 400 aquatic species that reside within the reserve, of which at least 10 are native.

In Capo Peloro, the northernmost point of the maritime village of Torre Faro, there is an impressive tower, enclosed by a wall. It is believed that this tower dates back to an ancient epoc (Strabo mentions a tower similar to the Lighthouse Tower [Torre “del Faro”], later called the Tower of the Englishman [Torre “degli Inglesi”], in his book Geographica) and over the centuries has been recovered by succeeding populations in the area.

Most notably, this area of Capo Peloro reminds us of the presence of the English (around the XIX century), which is why the tower has been named the Tower of the English. English navy men, after having established themselves in Torre Faro, due to its strategic geographic location, began to protected the area with a series of construction projects (artillery on the shore, remediation projects, and canalization of the central area between the two lakes), including also the construction of this tower. In the area is also the ancient English Canal (Canale degli Inglesi), or rather the canal that with the Canale del Faro, the Canale delle due Torri, and the ancient Canale Catuso (all located in the area of Torre Faro) connected the two lakes with the Tyrannian and Ionian seas.