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Pantelleria, a dip between sea and wild nature

After speaking of Ustica as a summer destination, we must also talk about the other “black pearl” of the Mediterranean, Pantelleria, larger and wilder.

Reachable by plane or ship, the island is perfect for those who love to spend a holiday surrounded by unspoiled nature, being able to choose between walks in the woods, boat trips, snorkeling or spending hot days on the lava rocks.

Characteristic of the island is in fact its volcanic origin, which has allowed the proliferation of luxuriant nature with an extremely varied fauna, but not only: the spearhead of the island’s lunar landscape is the lake of Venus, that is the crater of an ancient volcano whose surrounding sources of thermal water have gradually turned into the natural swimming pool that we can admire today (and in which we can bathe). The name “lake of Venus” or “Mirror of Venus” derives from a legend according to which the goddess of beauty used to mirror herself in the waters of the sulphurous water basin.

Among the many attractions in Pantelleria, the elephant arch is certainly noteworthy: a singular cliff with a shape that reminds the trunk of an elephant that seems to drink in the splendid waters in which it is immersed, offering a breathtaking and unique spectacle. The island is also full of thermal water springs, real natural pools that in addition to their beneficial effects offer an excellent way to relax during sunset.

The island also presents interesting insights in its architecture, in fact it houses two structures that are completely unique in the world: the first one is the famous “dammuso” of Pantelleria, whose particular shape derives from the need of the inhabitants to use wind and rain to their advantage with domed roofs and thick walls; the second, fascinating and original, is the Pantelleria garden, that is a maze of dry stone walls built around plantations (originally citrus) to shelter them from the strong wind.

After talking about nature and architecture, we cannot fail to mention the cuisine of the island, in which the simplicity of the products is made precious by the tasty and savory flavor of the vegetables and typical island products, grown in a soil particularly rich in nutrients and with the important proximity of the sea. From this point of view, the caper represents Pantelleria’s excellence, which has been recognized as a protected geographical indication since June 1996 and is one of the main ingredients of many of the island’s culinary delicacies. Finally, the winemaking tradition represents another strong point of Pantelleria: among the Pantelleria liqueur wines the famous “passito” cannot be missed, a real nectar of the gods!

Perfect for those who love a holiday dedicated to nature and sea, Pantelleria is one of the ideal destinations for this summer.

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