Boccadifuoco Agency has always been committed to the respect of the environment and a more sustainable future.
In 1973, following the establishment of an Operational District in Siracusa by Agip SpA for drilling activities in the Strait of Sicily in search of hydrocarbons, our company started using the port of Siracusa as a base for supply vessels to and from the drilling platforms; it gained contracts to provide services as a shipping agent and a port company able to provide customs brokerage, amongst others. So, our company became bigger and gained acknowledgement at an international level; in the following years we have been working with important oil companies and companies in the sector of hydrocarbons such as Montedison SpA, Conoco, Amoco, Gulf, Lasmo, Elf….
Boccadifuoco Agency presently operates as a shipping agent in South-eastern Sicily, providing services such as customs brokerage, import/export, loading/unloading, and is renowned as a leading company in its sector, thanks to a great deal of experience acquired in many years and the cooperation with many important companies such as Enichem (nowadays Syndal), Polimeri Europa SpA, Agip Petroli SpA , Montedipe, Dow Italia, and others..
Cefalù, a haven of tranquility, a refuge, and a sanctuary of religious inspiration. A city of facets, levels, and epochs. The name, which translated means “head“, probably referring to the shape of the hill and huge rock crowned with an ancient castle, rising above the town, was given to the town by the Greeks. Cefalù‘s origins are surrounded in mystery. Mentioned in ancient tomes over the ages byPliny, Strabo and Ptolemy as simply a pleasant Sicilian town, the aroma of this charming city hangs enigmatically in the air of ancient history. It was a battle, and the sacking of the great city of Himera that drew Cefalù out of the shadows of obscurity into the light of historical fact and gave it a role. Refugees from the Greek Himera, flying for their lives from the King of Carthage, found a safe place in this secluded spot surrounded by mountains, and hid. So the city came into its own as a place of protection. Over the years this theme was to be affirmed. Cefalù grew as a commercial town at the base of this head absorbing into its makeup the characteristics of its various Roman, Byzantine and Arab rulers. The city developed further when Roger II extended the city further up the hill towards its “head“. In this expansion project, he respected the older Roman street map and town planning, which have remained to this day, as have parts of the old Roman walls which stretch right down to the seashore. He also constructed the awesome Norman Romanesque Cathedral in 1131, around which a myth of salvation grew up. The story goes, that lost at sea in the midst of a violent storm, desperate to survive, he made a pact with the Almighty that if God spared his life he would construct a fine cathedral in his honour and in gratitude for his life. He survived, and duly built the church. This theme […]
Brief Erice is located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750 meters (2,460 ft) above sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani, the low western coast towards Marsala, the dramatic Punta del Saraceno and Capo San Vito to the north-east, and the Aegadian Islands on Sicily’s north-western coast, providing spectacular views. In the northeastern portion of the city there are the remains of ancientElymian and Phoenician walls indicating different stages of settlement and occupation in antiquity. There are two castles that remain in the city: Pepoli Castle, which dates fromSaracen times, and the Venus Castle, dating from the Norman period, built on top of the ancient Temple of Venus, where Venus Ericina was worshipped. According to legend, the temple was founded byAeneas. It was well known throughout the Mediterranean area in the ancient age, and an important cult was celebrated in it. In his book On the Nature of Animals, Aelian writes that animals chosen for sacrifice would voluntarily walk up to the altar to be killed. A cable car (funivia) runs from the outskirts of Trapani to the town of Erice. The cablecar closes from mid January to mid March. History Its origins are very ancient and mysterious, wrapped in legend. On the peak there was a temple, dedicated to a female divinity of fertile nature. She was always highly venerated by all Mediterranean peoples and her main concern was to protect sailors, who from distance saw the fire that burnt in the sacred edifice and also gave them their bearings. Soon a powerful fortress was built there, fought over by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans. It was destroyed by the Carthaginians in 260 B.C. and the inhabitants were taken to Trapani. In the Roman epoch the old fortress was of little importance. Not so the temple, which indeed was set at the head of a religious confederation of seventeen Sicilian towns and permanently defended by […]
Cattedrale di Palermo La Cattedrale di Palermo è stata, nel corso dei secoli, tempio, moschea e Chiesa. Pare che la Cattedrale, infatti, sorga su un antico tempio consacrato alla Vergine Maria. Nel 831, dopo l’invasione dei Saraceni, i mori trovarono la struttura troppo bella per raderla al suolo: decisero quindi di utilizzarla per le loro funzioni religiose, convertendola in una moschea, e chiamandola “Gami”. Con la conquista di Palermo da parte dei Normanni, la “Gami” ritornò al culto cristiano e dal 1100 al 1200 iniziano i lavori di ristrutturazione, dando alla Cattedrale di Palermo una forte impronta bizantina. Al suo interno, sono esposti alcuni elementi del ricco tesoro della Cattedrale di Palermo. Chiesa della Martorana di Palermo La Chiesa della Martorana, conosciuta anche come Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, fu fondata nel 1143 e la costruzione originale mostra sia l’influenza bizantina, molto in voga nell’Europa del tempo, sia un’impronta chiaramente islamica, dovuta alla lunga dominazione. Circa due secoli dopo, le case del circondario furono destinate alle suore del convento, che sarà fondato nel 1394. Le monache del convento hanno inventato i buonissimi dolci a forma di frutta, fatti con il marzapane che, fino al 1800 erano preparati e venduti soltanto da loro. Proprio per il monopolio su questa leccornia siciliana i dolcetti sono noti con il nome di “Frutta di Martorana”. Dove: Piazza Bellini n° 3 Quando: dal lunedì al sabato dalle 8.00 alle 13.00 e dalle 15.30 alle 17.30. Domenica e festivi dalle 8.30 alle 13.00 Cappella Palatina e Palazzo dei Normanni di Palermo La Cappella palatina si trova nel Palazzo dei Normanni di Palermo, dove si riunisce il parlamento della regione Sicilia. Il Palazzo è una costruzione molto antica, di origine sicuramente araba, anche se lo sviluppo della zona circostante è dovuto ai normanni. Come per molte costruzioni di Palermo, […]
In brief: On the routes of the mythical Ausonians and Cnydian sailors north-east of the Sicilian coast, whipped by a salty wind, the Aeolian archipelago spreads out, like a fan, its seven enchanted isles which, because of their explosive volcanic nature, are sisters of the Hawaiian islands, the pearls of the Pacific. The Aeolian islands, starting in remote times, were colonised by Neolithic peoples interested in exploiting obsidian, an insuperable material for making carving tools. Between the sixteenth and fourteenth centuries B.C., the islands became an important commercial stage on the metal way, and in particular on the tin route, which from the British Isles went down to the orient, passing through the Straits of Messina. Later, in the Roman epoch, the archipelago prospered with the sulphur, alum and salt trade, which however gradually declined, until the islands were abandoned. This was due to further eruptions and also to the fact that the Second Nicea Council designated them a dwelling of the devil and a place of physical manifestations of this disturbing presence. Then in the Norman epoch the islands were gradually re-peopled and started a new season of splendours, taking on what is more or less their physiognomy now. Alicudi Alicudi, the youngest of Aeolian islands, is one of the less explored islands. It has a small number of inhabitants and does not have carriage roads. Its west side is rich in steep slopes which make it difficult to cross, while the east side is charcterized by terraces. The Falco della Regina a small island that represent an oasis of peace, out of crowded tourist circuits, offers different accomodations such as: hotels, room for rent, bed & breakfast.This beautiful small island can be admired from Alicudi. Filicudi This small and remote island of Aeolian, is an ideal destination for […]