The “Castello della Colombaia” is an ancient building located near the port of Trapani.
It’s characterized by the main tower of 32 meters high, composed of four floor.
Above all, it’s one of the best examples of military architecture in Sicily.
Some legends trace the origin of the castle to the presence of the Trojan exiles in the city, but the actual fortification was erected around the 2nd century BC, at the end of the First Punic War.
The Bourbons wanted it as a prison, and such remained until 1965.
Otherwise it followed years of abandonment, which deteriorated the structure.
Recently it has been restored.
Nowadays thanks to the contribution of the association “Save the Colombaia”, through a small boat can be reached and visited inside.
Moreover it’s possible to make a “trip back in time”, where you can look out from the watchtower and admire the weapons, the cells and the open areas where the prisoners used to get some air or have a wash.