Sicily - Island Pantelleria Info and Map

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The mediterranean island of Pantelleria is part of the province of Trapani, and has 9000 inhabitants and an area of approximately 8302 hecktar with a population density of 90 inhabitants per square kilometer. Pantelleria is located at the south of Sicily, the city itself is located in the northwest of the island and was built at a height of 5 meters above the sea level.

Pantelleria
City Distance in kilometers
Agrigento 126
Caltanissetta 196
Catania 303
Enna 215
Messina 313
Palermo 54
Ragusa 262
Siracusa 343
Trapani 53

The island of Pantelleria is of volcanic origin, as seen on this landscape between sicily and africa can be recognized on this beautiful mediterranean island. There are many hot springs of volcanic origin, and the typical Dammus house design consists of lava, because on this island wood to build houses was missing.

The first known name of this mediterranean island was Yrnm and this name was given by the Phoenicians, who searched and found obsidian on this mediterranean island.


The Greeks changed the name in Kosuros / Kossura then renamed by the Romans in Cossura, Cossyra which means the small island.

For centuries this island was regarded as a strategically important base for a variety of cultures.

Arco dell'Elefante

Its location between Africa and Sicily made it 255 BC to the major trading point for the Romans to continue the expansion to Africa. The Arabs ruled the island from 700 to 1200 AD. and promoted agriculture. During the Second World War the Americans were stationed there to control the Sea Straits in the mediterranean.


Among the specialties of the holiday island are raisins, dried figs, lentils, capers and table grapes.

The Zibibbo or Moscato was produced at times of Carthaginian and is considered as a rare specialty. It is a liqueur-like wine which is manufactured from dried grapes (Uva passa / Passito).

Through the richness of fish in these waters, the island provides a rich variety of fresh fish and seafood.

Zibibbo & Passito

If you are looking for peace and tranquility in a natural environment, on Pantelleria you'll find what your heart desires. Especially for divers this mediterranean island has much to offer, various diving schools offer courses of any kind, from beginners to professionals. Many stars such as Madonna, Giorgio Armani and Gerard Depardieu have bought a house there in a natural setting to enjoy the holidays. An island tour and extended trips offer an unforgettable holiday.





Those who want to come to the island by ferry can take the ferry from Trapani and Mazara del Vallo to the island. A ticket from Trapani to Pantelleria will cost 18.5 to 22.5 euros, while the price is season-oriented.



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