Camillo Camilliani

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Camillo Camilliani was born in Florence, Italy around circa 1574 (not verified), he was the son of sculptor Francesco Camilliani. In 1583, the Viceroy Marcantonio Colonna invited him to Sicily to design several coastal fortifications. It took him a full year to review the existing fortifications before coming up with a solution.

He published his report, “Description of the marinas of the whole kingdom of Sicily with the necessary guards from horse and foot that are held there”, in 1584.

His suggestions were simple by today’s standards, what he suggested is the building of watchtowers along the coastline. They were constructed in such a way that they were able to communicate with each other and warn cities of any approaching enemy. He also designed and built the Fortezza del Tocco, Acireale and the Torre Sant’Angelo, Licata to name a few. Most of those watchtowers are still standing after almost 500 years.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray nice piece of history.... watchtowers were the main source of looking out for the enemy years ago....

May 21, 2019 03:32 AM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I wonder if he knew of the Great Wall of China. Marco Polo had returned to Italy by then

May 21, 2019 03:50 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

We should bring back many of the builders of old and teach the new ones how to build a road!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 21, 2019 04:13 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

May 21, 2019 04:44 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a great story, I would love to visit some of these.

May 21, 2019 05:02 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Very difficult to construct anything that stands the test of time. Enjoy your day!

May 21, 2019 05:44 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - brings new meaning to "Built to last".

May 21, 2019 06:09 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, he know how to built something that would last a long time.  He should still be around.

May 21, 2019 06:42 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like his name, it likely rolls off the tongue nicely!  It sounds like he was quite a brilliant man as well.

May 21, 2019 07:00 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an interesting and creative man. Have a great day.

May 21, 2019 07:27 AM #10
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

He understood the need for durability James Dray .

May 21, 2019 07:57 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - It is amazing how the architecture was built to last centuries. 

May 21, 2019 10:52 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- What an interesting story!  The fact that they're still  standing is a testament to the quality of workmenship. 

May 21, 2019 11:33 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a nice blog post on a historical accomplishment.  I am not surprised these are still standing. A

May 21, 2019 12:26 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

He was an extremely talented person. Amazing that there are so many of his buildings still around today.

May 21, 2019 01:19 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Quality construction always stands the test of time, James Dray 

May 21, 2019 01:23 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jame I traveled all over Sicily and would love to go back again, now with a new set of eyes I might see better:)Endre

May 21, 2019 11:45 PM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

A piece of history many never knew existed !

May 22, 2019 03:43 AM #18
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Anthing or anyone from Florence is fine with me. i could live there.

May 22, 2019 07:16 AM #19
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