40 years ago the march that gave birth to the Zingaro Nature Reserve
Today is an important day for the Zingaro Nature Reserve, forty years ago, on 18 May 1980, its seven kilometers of coast were invaded, in a peaceful march, by those who said "no" to an impending environmental disaster.
In that wildest part of Sicily, between Castellammare del Golfo and San Vito Lo Capo, a coastal road was about to be built that would have upset one of the most fascinating natural places in western Sicily forever. The short stretch of tunnel carved into the rock, in the southern entrance of the Reserve (Scopello side), gives us the idea of how violent the impact of this intervention would have been on the nature of these places.
A perfect habitat where man and nature have lived in balance for millennia.
The traces of life found in its Paleolithic caves, such as the beautiful Grotta dell'Uzzo, and some more recent settlements such as the Baglio Cusenza, inhabited until the early twentieth century, testify to this.
Fortunately, after this beautiful collective gesture, of people coming from all over Italy, the Sicily Region, on June 6, 1981, decided to build the first Natural Reserve on the island.
An important step that has made it possible to build nine natural parks and reserves to date.
Today we can only remember with great gratitude those who, that day, decided to come to this remote corner of Sicily to demonstrate their love for nature.