Tonnara di Scopello

Tonnara di Scopello

The Tonnara di Scopello is a historic tuna fishery dating back to the 13th century, located in the picturesque village of Scopello on the northwest coast of Sicily.

A unique place steeped in history and tradition, protected by the rocks and embraced by the sea. I had been dreaming of visiting the Tonnara for years.

Staying at the Tonnara is like stepping back in time, the buildings have been converted into apartments, leaving the key features and elements which are drop-dead gorgeous.

The unique architecture is characterised by sturdy stone buildings and cute courtyards, all of which have been well-preserved, offering a glimpse into life of the past.

The Tonnara di Scopello stands as a testament to Sicily's rich maritime history, attracting visitors with its historical significance and enchanting them by its beauty.

The boutique hotel has 14 suits with a private beach for guests, which is protected by the huge rocks from the public view.

The central building is flush with charming details: bright-blue-tiled floors, romantic arches, pretty wallpaper, lush linens. Guests stay in lavish suites, each one unique.

We stayed in the Franca room on the top floor of the main building, this room had extraordinarily high ceilings and two balconies overlooking the ocean. We left the doors open all day and night, it was dreamy going to sleep to the sound of the water lapping against the rocks.

The apartments are serviced every day and have a small kitchen. There’s no restaurant on-site but there is a small cafe which serves drinks to guests and simple breakfast – a coffee and pastry.

It’s a great place for couples or families, my kids absolutely loved the experience of staying in a place so untouched by time.

As a guest at the Tonnara, you have access to the entire space which includes the private beach. There is seating areas all across the oceanfront to sit for the day and take in the incredible views of the faraglioni.

The town of Scopello is above the Tonnara on the hill. It’s full of great little restaurants, shops, and gelaterias!

There’s a supermarket a short drive away called ‘Market Scopello’. It has a fabulous wine section full of local gems and a deli where you can pick up Italian food, snacks, cheeses, meats, fresh fruit, and vegetables – a great place to stock up as the apartments have a fridge.

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