Pantelleria Island



In the middle of the Mediterranean sea, the Island of Pantelleria has been conquered several times, occupied and then left by different peoples. Visiting its coasts and lands, you can find out the marks left by those who lived there. The most ancient visitors go back to 5000 years ago.During the Neolitic Age the colonizers left some archeological finds called "Sesi", which are funeral monuments and a fortress called the "Muro Alto", located nearby Mursia village. Pantelleria should be the mythical Ogigia island of the Odissey where Ulisse landed (nowadays the harbour of Scauri) and felt prisoner of the Nimph Calypso love.

Do not forget that this island, with its volcanic nature, offers its guests a large choice of thermal sources: the "Venus Lake", rich of sulfuree waters and cosmetic muds, the "Natutal Sauna" or "Dry Bath", with great benefic effects. These are itineraries and places which indeed give relax and wellness to Your holidays.

For those loving wine and good cooking, Pantelleria island offers a large choice of particular taste and flavours, fresh and genuine products bringing exclusiveness to Pantelleria cooking. To remember also the famous Pantelleria Passito: the precious local wine that gave this island popularity in Italy and all over the world.

Dammusi

The Dammusi are the typical Pantelleria rural building; their origin goes back to the Arabic people domination. Simple and functional, with an excellent fitness for habitation, the dammusi survived during the centuries and, even today, are the best buildings of the island. Built in volcanic stone, the dammusi can be considered jewels of architecture. Thanks to the technique of construction and to the thickness of the walls, from 8 centimetres to 2 metres, the dammusi enjoy an excellent thermal and soundproofing insulation. The roof is characterized by the colour white and by the domes. The domes guarantee the ambience cool and also have the function to collect the rainwater and flowing it, by a piping, inside appropriate cisterns.


Arabic Gardens

The pretty Pantelleria gardens are surrounded by circular stone walls next to the country houses. They look like small fortresses with massive walls over 3 metres high; they are opened on the top and, by a little door, it is possible to enter. Inside its walls it is possible to discover a really secret garden. Normally there is a lemon, orange or citron tree with every kind of flowers and plants around it with beautiful and unforgettable colours. Pantelleria gardens also have a practical function: their walls are useful to protect plants and flowers from the strong winds blowing in the island. This can guarantee fruits and flowers all over the year.


Thermal Springs

The proof of the island's volcanic origins are the geysers from underground that can be admired in many part of the Island. Visitors can still experience the healthy properties of these natural phenomenon by visiting the Bagni Asciutti or Stufe, caves that create real natural saunas, or the Lake of Venere, an ancient crater whose circumference is about 1,800 metres, with sandy shores and therapeutic mud. Don't forget to visit the natural swimming pools of Scauri and Nicà where the water temperature varies from 30 to 50 degrees.