Portopalo di Capo Passero on Sicily’s southeastern coast. The Tunafish Kings abandoned castle resting on a cliff. We had seen it from afar, but it was only when we got closer we saw that the windows were missing. It was getting dark when we parked outside. The doors was missing so we went in.
First the looters had came. They took everything of value. Windows. Floors and doors. Panels and window frames. Then the castle had been hosting wild parties, and suffered from vandals. It was now completely destroyed. From the terrace I looked down over an empty swimming pool and the abandoned tuna factory that had paid for it all. But let's start from the beginning.
The castle had been built by Mr. Bruno and soon most of the village’s fifty residents worked at Bruno’s tuna factory. The tuna was the main income of the region, and Mr. Bruno sold more tuna than anyone. But fate intervened and Mr. Bruno left the castle and the village with it.
In 1974 Mr. Tafuri bought the castle. He was a pharmacist from the neighbouring village and had admired the castle since he was a boy, from it’s golden days until the decay. He turned the castle back into it’s former glory, Expensive carpets, paintings and a fine restaurant. The hotel was fully booked all year round. Business was booming. But fate intervened once more, and on the third day of September in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred ninety Mr Tafuri suddenly died, leaving the relatives disputing the testament. The hotel closed down. The staff left and again the castle was abandoned. When the last janitor left, was when the looting began.
I stand in the remains of a bathroom on the second floor. It’s not hard imagining the newly arrived guests gasping when they saw the view. Far away is Greece. A turquoise seas outside the bathroom window. It was outside this window the horrible events took place.
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