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Pantelleria

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Hundreds of thousands of years ago a large explosion in the heart of the Mediterranean made the summit of a volcanic crater emerge: Pantelleria, the black pearl of the Mediterranean. In spite of its insular nature, Pantelleria reveals almost everywhere its character as an island of farmers: here the famous Zibibbo grape is cultivated from which raisins and the Passito and Moscato wines are produced, while the caper is considered to be of excellent quality. In the terraced districts, with names of Arab origins, the typical farmers houses, the dammusi, built with the dark lava stone and covered with an extremely white domed roof can be seen dotted around. Warm waters and mud baths represent real natural centres of wellbeing. The island presents numerous traces of settlements, including the famous Neolithic site of Mursia with the tombs of the Sesi. The construction of the austere Pantelleria Castle is attributed to the Normans.

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The beauties di (en)Pantelleria

Lava stone Pantelleria
PIETRA LAVICA
Lava stone is another natural resource which is used in the building industry
Cala Gadir Pantelleria
CALA GADIR
A district with an ancient maritime village structured like a theatre around a small harbour. It...
Elephant Arch Pantelleria
ARCO DELL'ELEFANTE
Sculpture modelled into the rock by the forces of nature which closes the magnificent scenery of...
Montagna Grande Pantelleria
MONTAGNA GRANDE
Situated almost on the centre of the island, it rises 836 metres above sea level.It is covered...
Passito Pantelleria
PASSITO
The very sweet Zibibbo grape, used as a table grape or conserved dry as raisins, but above all...
Dammuso Pantelleria
DAMMUSO
A very simple construction, probably introduced by the Arabs, made out of lava rock. The vault...
Venere lake Pantelleria
LAGO DI VENERE
Suggestive water basin inside a volcanic crater. It is fed not only by rainwater but also by...
Late-Roman settlement of Scauri Pantelleria
INSEDIAMENTO TARDO-ROMANO DI SCAURI
The remains of one of the greatest productive and commercial centres of the late- Roman...

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