The old port is the true home of the “vozz” – the dialect term for Gozzi, the typical local boats. They’re rowing boats about 3.5 to almost 5 metres long, usually painted an eye catching blue or red, with interesting names of fishermen, saints or the Madonna. Some still carry the ancient lampara lanterns. These local “works of art” made by “shipwright artisans” can also be admired when they are covered up for winter, usually with old covers or duvets.
This ancient port, “il porto vecchio” is well regarded by locals, considered the cove where the icon of the town’s protective saint arrived. It’s one of the most photographed areas of the entire port.
After losing yourself in the perfumes and traditions of marine life of the old port walk, it’s pleasant to relax and admire the nearby “Martinelli Meo-Evoli” Palace. Further along there is the red lighthouse which acts as a guardian to the palace.
By then you will have identified and recognised the unmistakable signs of a town and its people’s strong connection to the sea.