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Pantelleria is the largest island among the ones surrounding Sicily, closer to Tunisia than to the Sicilian coast, approximately a hundred kilometers away. Known as Cossyra in ancient times. It was colonized by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, then conquered by the Romans and Arabs, that named it Bent-el-Riah, daughter of the wind, its current name.
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More About Pantelleria Island
Pantelleria is a volcanic island, with a wild landscape dotted with a few extinct craters. The highest point is Montagna Grande 836m offering many geothermal pleasures such as hot water wells, thermal springs, ‘’stufe’’ (stoves), natural caves with steam emissions, geysers springing from the ground and many more. Specchio di Venere (Mirror of Venus) is a lake in an ancient caldera famous for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs. It is a must for visitors.
The island is partly covered with terraced vineyards used to grow Zibibbo wine listed as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Sweet wines, Moscato, Passito di Pantelleria and capers are the most popular products of the island.
The Dammusi, cubical domed houses with drystone walls, are the typical buildings of Pantelleria. They reminiscent of the ‘’sesi’’, circular tombs found in the necropolis near Mursia, a megalithic prehistoric site.
Pantelleria's rugged coasts are its main attractions and make for a nice excursion following the Perimetrale, the coastal road encircling the island. Not to be missed are the big number of caves carved into the cliffs, once the refuge of the monk seal. The Elephant Arch with its imposing rock trunk plunging into the sea at Cala Levante is the most famous natural monument on the island.
In ancient times its inhabitants used to sail the Mediterranean to market their products. Descending from that bygone tradition are the typical ‘’lance pantesche’’, once used for sailing races, enlighten the atmosphere of the island in the summertime.