The Camillari tower is one of the 72 towers built by
Fabrizio Pignatelli, along the Calabrian coastline in order to
face the continual Saracen incursions. The tower, built between
the Amusa river and the Allaro river, on a high rise, facing the
latter day Caulonia Marina, is commonly known as “Camillari”.
Once upon a time, the surveillance and watch service
had to be done by every citizen (from 15 years old to 60), divided
by “norie” (district), who, in case of a sudden Saracen landing,
had to perform the agreed signals.
Today, the tower still rises where it was built but
pirates are no longer watched out for from its walls and one no
longer hears the sounds of weapons but only the washing and breaking
of waves along the Ionian coast, it is a silent witness of a long
At the feet of the 1500s tower, a Greek settlement
has been unearthed, dated back to the V century, according to
the pottery and artefacts found there.