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Pantelleria is an island lying between [[Sicily]], [[Italy]] and [[Tunisia]]. Although Italian it is proud of its Arab influence and is becoming quite a chic destination. It is striking and hilly, with the countryside dotted with white ''Dammuso'' houses. There are no beaches - people swim off the black rocks.
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Pantelleria is an island lying between [[Sicily]], [[Italy]] and [[Tunisia]]. Although Italian it is proud of its Arab influence. It has a very rich history and the main engineers of the islands gardens and architecture was the Arabic culture. However mixed the culture is, it is in this time a very Sicilian culture in every way. there is a great emphasis on the art of hospitality.  It is becoming quite a chic destination. It is striking and hilly, with the countryside dotted with white ''Dammuso'' houses. There are no beaches - people swim off the black rocks.
  
 
The main centre is '''Pantelleria Town''', along with the much smaller ''Scauri'', ''Tracino & Kamma'' and ''Rekale''.
 
The main centre is '''Pantelleria Town''', along with the much smaller ''Scauri'', ''Tracino & Kamma'' and ''Rekale''.
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===By boat===
 
===By boat===
Daily overnight ferries run from [[Trapani]] in Sicily, running more frequently alongside hydrofoils in Summer. See [http://www.siremar.it/ SIREMAR] and [http://www.usticalines.it Ustica Lines].
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Daily overnight ferries run from [[Trapani]] in Sicily, running more frequently alongside hydrofoils in Summer. Hydrofoil from Mazara del Vallo twice daily. See [http://www.siremar.it/ SIREMAR] and [http://www.usticalines.it Ustica Lines].
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
Planes fly in daily from [[Palermo]] and [[Trapani]]. See [http://www.flyairone.it/en AirONE]
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Planes fly in daily from [[Palermo]] and [[Trapani]] (40 minutes). See [http://www.flyairone.it/en AirONE]and [http://www.meridiana.it/ Meridiana].
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'''Direct Flights from Rome and Milan'''. A new agreement with the hotels on Pantelleria has created a long period of direct flights to Pantelleria from Rome and Milan. These flights are on big jets (300 seats or more), only on weekends, 3 or 4 times each weekend day. Usually [http://www.alitalia.it ALITALIA] fly from Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino from June to September. You can book and buy tickets on alitalia's own site. Another company that offer seasonal flights is [http://www.blu-express.com Blu Express] It generally departs from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. The scheduled flights are released every year in April / May. Lastly there are some charter flights, but are not very reliable as they change often their schedule and it is too risky to make a connection with them.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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*The ''Specchio di Venere'' - a lake inside the crater of a former volcano.
 
*The ''Specchio di Venere'' - a lake inside the crater of a former volcano.
 
*The ''Sesi'' - black Neolithic funeral mounds.
 
*The ''Sesi'' - black Neolithic funeral mounds.
*The pretty seaside hamlet of ''Gadir'' and it's thermal pools.
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*The pretty seaside hamlet of ''Gadir'' and its thermal pools.
 
*The pretty vineyards in the ''Piano Ghiraldia'' at the far (east) end of the island.
 
*The pretty vineyards in the ''Piano Ghiraldia'' at the far (east) end of the island.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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'''Boat Tours.''' For a moderate fee, usually around Euro 35 per person, you can take a slow boat tour around the island. This can be very entertaining depending on who comes along. Usually there is abundant food and wine served on board, swimming stops and a photographic adventure of a very rich volcanic island. From the sea you can see the homes of Armani and many of Italy's most famous people.
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'''Trekking'''. There are many maintained trails into the complex geology of Pantelleria. Each little region is very different and unique from all the others. For a small island, there is tremendous diversity to Pantelleria.
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'''Thermal Pools and the Sauna Cave.''' There are many thermal pools on Pantelleria. One of the best places is a large natural sauna cave in the mountains near the region called Monestero. One of the most beautiful vistas on the island can be seen from here. There is also Santaria, a hot thermal pool inside a cave. This is according to legend the love nest of Calypso and Ulysses. All the thermal pools are free and maintained by the community members.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Art:
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There are '''two famous sculptors on the island'''. One is a local man, a Pantesce Native''' (Kaku)'''. He has a shop near the old castle in the main village, Pantelleria.
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The other is a Native American who lives in Rekhale''' (Turtle Heart)'''.
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'''Ceramics of DiSimone'''. DiSimone is a very famous ceramics artist who atarted his career on Pantelleria. Now his work is sold in shops in many countries. He still has his "home" gallery on Pantelleria. Great objects for the household and fancy objects of ceramic art. Very colourful and vivid scenes of the traditional life of Pantelleria.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
 
* '''Il Cappero''' Via Roma. Excellent medium-priced food, very popular with the locals.
 
* '''Il Cappero''' Via Roma. Excellent medium-priced food, very popular with the locals.
 
* '''Zabib''' Porto di Scauri (+39) 0923916617 - Good restaurant, open only for dinner.
 
* '''Zabib''' Porto di Scauri (+39) 0923916617 - Good restaurant, open only for dinner.
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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'''CiCCi's Bar'''. A favorite place in Pantelleria village, right near the central square. Generous snacks. Great atmosphere. Cicci is a force on Pantelleria and this bar has great ambience and personality. A must visit bar and cafe in the true Sicilian style.
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'''Passito.''' You must drink the famous wine of Pantelleria, called Passito. Pantelleria is an island of farmers, not fishermen. The ancient wine is unique in all the world and the best Passito is generally ''only'' available locally. If you make friends with local people you can have the adventure of tasting home made Passito. Passito is a rich meditation wine, sometimes called a dessert wine. Passito and Capers are the island's two best known products.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
 
* '''Miryam''' Corso Umberto 1 (+39) 0923 911374. Modern, but functional, overlooking the harbour. Quite cheap out of season.
 
* '''Miryam''' Corso Umberto 1 (+39) 0923 911374. Modern, but functional, overlooking the harbour. Quite cheap out of season.
* '''Cossyra''' Cuddie Rosse-Mursia (+39) 0923911154. About 3 km (2 miles) from Pantelleria port, this 3-star hotel has pleasant grounds,a pool, tennis courts and a private beach.  
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* '''Cossyra''' Cuddie Rosse-Mursia (+39) 0923911154. About 3 km (2 miles) from Pantelleria port, this 3-star hotel has pleasant grounds,a pool, tennis courts and a private beach.
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* '''Albergo Miryam Hotel'''
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* '''Mursia and Cossyra Hotel & Spa''' Loc. Mursia (+39) 0923911217 - 0923911154. fax (+39) 0923911026 About 3 km (2 miles) from Pantelleria port, this 3-star hotel has pleasant grounds, a pool, tennis courts and a private beach.
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*<sleep name="Blue Moon Hotel" alt="" address="Don Alonso Errera street" directions="" phone="+39 0923 912785" url="http://www.bluemoon-hotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="90 Euro for 3 person room" lat="" long="">Charming and cheap hotel in the center of Pantelleria city. They will pick you up at the airport. Nice rooms.</sleep>
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==Get out==
  
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Revision as of 17:35, 10 February 2012

Pantelleria is an island lying between Sicily, Italy and Tunisia. Although Italian it is proud of its Arab influence. It has a very rich history and the main engineers of the islands gardens and architecture was the Arabic culture. However mixed the culture is, it is in this time a very Sicilian culture in every way. there is a great emphasis on the art of hospitality. It is becoming quite a chic destination. It is striking and hilly, with the countryside dotted with white Dammuso houses. There are no beaches - people swim off the black rocks.

The main centre is Pantelleria Town, along with the much smaller Scauri, Tracino & Kamma and Rekale.

The Piano Ghirlandia, Pantelleria

Contents

Get in

By boat

Daily overnight ferries run from Trapani in Sicily, running more frequently alongside hydrofoils in Summer. Hydrofoil from Mazara del Vallo twice daily. See SIREMAR and Ustica Lines.

By plane

Planes fly in daily from Palermo and Trapani (40 minutes). See AirONEand Meridiana.

Direct Flights from Rome and Milan. A new agreement with the hotels on Pantelleria has created a long period of direct flights to Pantelleria from Rome and Milan. These flights are on big jets (300 seats or more), only on weekends, 3 or 4 times each weekend day. Usually ALITALIA fly from Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino from June to September. You can book and buy tickets on alitalia's own site. Another company that offer seasonal flights is Blu Express It generally departs from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. The scheduled flights are released every year in April / May. Lastly there are some charter flights, but are not very reliable as they change often their schedule and it is too risky to make a connection with them.

Get around

By Bus

There is quite a good bus service around the island. See Pantelleria Council

By Moped

An excellent way to see the island is to hire a moped for a few days - it is small enough to do a circuit in 4 hours or so. Beware - there are only two petrol station on the island - both in Pantelleria Town.

See

  • The Specchio di Venere - a lake inside the crater of a former volcano.
  • The Sesi - black Neolithic funeral mounds.
  • The pretty seaside hamlet of Gadir and its thermal pools.
  • The pretty vineyards in the Piano Ghiraldia at the far (east) end of the island.

Do

Boat Tours. For a moderate fee, usually around Euro 35 per person, you can take a slow boat tour around the island. This can be very entertaining depending on who comes along. Usually there is abundant food and wine served on board, swimming stops and a photographic adventure of a very rich volcanic island. From the sea you can see the homes of Armani and many of Italy's most famous people.

Trekking. There are many maintained trails into the complex geology of Pantelleria. Each little region is very different and unique from all the others. For a small island, there is tremendous diversity to Pantelleria.

Thermal Pools and the Sauna Cave. There are many thermal pools on Pantelleria. One of the best places is a large natural sauna cave in the mountains near the region called Monestero. One of the most beautiful vistas on the island can be seen from here. There is also Santaria, a hot thermal pool inside a cave. This is according to legend the love nest of Calypso and Ulysses. All the thermal pools are free and maintained by the community members.

Buy

Art: There are two famous sculptors on the island. One is a local man, a Pantesce Native (Kaku). He has a shop near the old castle in the main village, Pantelleria. The other is a Native American who lives in Rekhale (Turtle Heart).

Ceramics of DiSimone. DiSimone is a very famous ceramics artist who atarted his career on Pantelleria. Now his work is sold in shops in many countries. He still has his "home" gallery on Pantelleria. Great objects for the household and fancy objects of ceramic art. Very colourful and vivid scenes of the traditional life of Pantelleria.

Eat

  • Il Cappero Via Roma. Excellent medium-priced food, very popular with the locals.
  • Zabib Porto di Scauri (+39) 0923916617 - Good restaurant, open only for dinner.

Drink

CiCCi's Bar. A favorite place in Pantelleria village, right near the central square. Generous snacks. Great atmosphere. Cicci is a force on Pantelleria and this bar has great ambience and personality. A must visit bar and cafe in the true Sicilian style.

Passito. You must drink the famous wine of Pantelleria, called Passito. Pantelleria is an island of farmers, not fishermen. The ancient wine is unique in all the world and the best Passito is generally only available locally. If you make friends with local people you can have the adventure of tasting home made Passito. Passito is a rich meditation wine, sometimes called a dessert wine. Passito and Capers are the island's two best known products.

Sleep

  • Miryam Corso Umberto 1 (+39) 0923 911374. Modern, but functional, overlooking the harbour. Quite cheap out of season.
  • Cossyra Cuddie Rosse-Mursia (+39) 0923911154. About 3 km (2 miles) from Pantelleria port, this 3-star hotel has pleasant grounds,a pool, tennis courts and a private beach.
  • Albergo Miryam Hotel
  • Mursia and Cossyra Hotel & Spa Loc. Mursia (+39) 0923911217 - 0923911154. fax (+39) 0923911026 About 3 km (2 miles) from Pantelleria port, this 3-star hotel has pleasant grounds, a pool, tennis courts and a private beach.
  • Blue Moon Hotel, Don Alonso Errera street, +39 0923 912785, [1]. Charming and cheap hotel in the center of Pantelleria city. They will pick you up at the airport. Nice rooms. 90 Euro for 3 person room.


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