The trabocco is a fishing machine connected with a narrow footbridge to the mainland. A fishing net is attached to its long antennae. When the fish pass over the fishing net, it is pulled up to catch it.
The trabocco Turchino ─ the one the photo ─ is a historic one. It is mentioned in a novel by Italian writer Gabriele D’Annunzio. Also for this reason this trabocco was rebuilt after a violent storm destroyed it a few years ago.
There are many trabocchi along the Trabocchi Coast in Abruzzo region, Italy. It is no longer convenient to fish in this way in Italy so most of the trabocchi have been turned into fish restaurants.