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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

Montagna Grande Pantelleria
MONTAGNA GRANDE
Situated almost on the centre of the island, it rises 836 metres above sea level.It is covered...
Venere lake Pantelleria
LAGO DI VENERE
Suggestive water basin inside a volcanic crater. It is fed not only by rainwater but also by...
Martingana Pantelleria
MARTINGANA
A small inhabited centre in the south of the island
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...
Picture of the Madonna della Margana Pantelleria
QUADRO DELLA MADONNA DELLA MARGANA
A painting dating back to early medieval times depicting the patron saint of the island....
Favare Pantelleria
FAVARE
From the Arabic fawâra = source. These are emissions of water vapour which come out of the...
Lava stone Pantelleria
PIETRA LAVICA
Lava stone is another natural resource which is used in the building industry
Dammuso Pantelleria
DAMMUSO
A very simple construction, probably introduced by the Arabs, made out of lava rock. The vault...

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