Today, visitors to the city can still find numerous examples of its glorious past: the fortifications and the Swabian Castle, the old town built on a sort of island, buildings from the Middle Ages, Baroque churches and Art Nouveau buildings.
The important role of the sea is evident in many aspects of the city, such as its urban planning, traditions and activities that over the centuries have shaped the local economy. The fishing village of Brucoli is one of the most interesting tourist attractions and the port tells the story of both the city’s ancient past and its present.
The Petrochemical complex of Augusta-Priolo is the largest and most important in Europe. Developed in the second half of the twentieth century, it has contributed to the economic growth of the city and its urban and social transformation, with the gradual shift away from agricultural activities.
However, since the 1980s the complex has been significantly affected by the transformation of the petrochemical market. There is now open debate about the future of the entire area, which is in need of wide-ranging and profound environmental renovation measures.