Porta di Lampedusa - Gateway to Europe

Porta di Lampedusa - Gateway to Europe

Amani and Arnoldo Mosca Mondadori were the promoters of a work dedicated to the memory of migrants who lost their lives at sea: "Porta di Lampedusa - Gateway to Europe" created by the artist Mimmo Paladino, inaugurated on 28 June 2008.

A Door that has no building around it, opens onto the "everything and nothing", installed on the rocks facing the migrant routes: on this side there is the land, on the other the sea, as if to say "you don't need to knock, you are brothers and here the door will always be open for you". In front of this door, on his first trip, Pope Francis scattered flowers and asked the submerged people for forgiveness from all of humanity.

The monument therefore is a symbol for future generations to not forget the inhuman and often witnessless massacre of migrants who died and went missing at sea.


A symbol that helps us not to forget and that invites, each according to their religious or secular beliefs, to reflect and meditate on what is still tragically happening every day under the eyes of all.

The Casa dello Spirito e delle Arti Foundation took care of the restoration, supported by UNICOOP (Florence), which also includes the insertion of a mirror in which to reflect.

October 3, the day in memory of one of the greatest tragedies of the sea, is also the day of the inauguration of the Porta di Lampedusa - the restored Gateway to Europe.