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TRAINITI ARCHAEOLOGICAL ZONE - New light has recently been cast on the maritime activities that went on in the Trainiti-Bivona area in the Roman era. In fact, this area was found to have been the grounds of a flourishing commercial activity that exploited a 100-metre long 2-arm harbour. In fact, the archaeological finds of the Roman era consisted of a wall in hydraulic lime used as a docking wharf for ships on their way to the Tyrrhenian Sea's commercial ports of call and along which many Roman buildings were erected for the breeding and processing of fish, a common practice in this area, between Zambrone and Pizzo in the II-V century B.C. The harbour of Terina, which can be found on the first geographical maps drawn up in the year 700, is thought to have been Agatocle's idea. The activity in this harbour flourished up until the VI century B.C. after which is gradually fell into disuse as the area became silted up. It was abandoned for more than five centuries and it wasn't until around the XI century that was it reevaluated, subsequent to the constitution of the diocese whose seat remains a mystery but its existence up to the XV century has been proved by the archaeological finds of a necropolis. Subsequently, the area became the home of the Aragonese rule (XVI-XVII century), leaving as proof the Bivona Castle, part of the network of watch towers of Briatico, Pizzo and Capo Suvero. For those of you who love land and sea archaelogy, you can still see some remains of this era in the sea lapping the Trainiti beach.