International chefs, live cooking and meetings , all in the name of an ancient tradition : tuna fishing . These will be the ingredients of the Girotonno 2016, the exhibition dedicated to the valorisation of the ancient culture of tuna fishing and of the tonnare, 14th edition will take place in Carloforte, on the island of San Pietro, from the 2nd to 5th of June, with the participation of by two extraordinary italian singers Antonello Venditti and Mario Biondi. Chefs from 6 different countries of the world will show how to cook the Mediterranean bluefin tuna, one of the most valuable species with high nutrive characteristics, and is highly prized by the Japanese for the preparation of sushi. Here in Carloforte the tuna is fished in a sustainable manner the old fashion way in the tonnara (fishing nets) of San Pietro , according to the fishing tradition of this island that is renewed from 1738 in one of the few still active tonnare in the Mediterranean sea and that still today preserves the ancient rituals the mattanza (the catching of the tuna).
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Also called spiaggia di Lucaise (Lucaise beach), its located between the beaches of Bobba and Geniò. Characterized by rocks and gravel, it has transparent and shimmering waters of a turquoise color that will stand out in front of the small island of the Geniò and in front of le Colonne.
Uncrowded even in high season it's the ideal beach for those seeking privacy and relaxation.
It can be reached by taking the Provincial Road 103, starting from the center of Carloforte following the road to the beaches. After the Bobba proceed following the directions and continue in Continua...
Situated between La Punta and Tacche Bianche, immersed in tuff rocks, Cala Lunga beach looks like a cliff that descends in the sea.
From May to early July, it's possible to observe the nets offshore being used to catch the tuna.
Its deep waters are particularly suitable for diving enthusiasts.
It lies along the coastal road 101 which leads from the harbor of Carloforte to the northern end of the island. The entrance of a dirt road will signal the entrance to the beach.
Unsuitable for children, the elderly Continua...
The largest number of tuna fished in a single fishing session (the traditional name is “mattanza”) was 2047. It took place in May 31, 1909, and is still referred to as "du Lallan", the nickname of Angelo Pomata who was the Rais of Isola Piana, who commanded and directed the record breaking Mattanza.
Although it may seem incredible, due to the potential danger, major accidents have never occurred during the numerous mattanze, mainly due to dexterity of the fishermen. The only known accident with fatal consequences occurred in 1914.& Continua...