Isola di Pantelleria Travel Guide

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Isola di Pantelleria Things to Do

  • Lago di Venere

    Lago di Venere is a lake on the island that can clearly be seen from the air as you take off and land. It is a lovely emerald green from a distance, but when you come up close to it you'll find that it is a volcanic lake. The temperature in certain parts of the lake can go up to 50°C if I recall correctly. You'll have to be a brave soul to sit in...

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  • Around the island (part 4)

    There are many other things to see and do on Pantelleria, like take a boat ride around the island, or visit the natural marine caves, sun on the calm beaches, snorkel or dive in the coves, or take a walk through the fields of zibibbo grapes. Along the way, most of the houses you'll see blend in with the colors of the island, but there are some...

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  • Around the island (part 3)

    The rock formation that leads from the town of Tracino towards the sea looks like an elephant's trunk, and they call it "elephant trunk arch."

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Isola di Pantelleria Nightlife

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    by sierralyndon Written Nov 2, 2004

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    Pantelleria is a quiet island. Perhaps your hotel might organise evening activities. Or you might be there as a guest of some VIP at one of the exclusive dammusi, so therefore entertainment is taken care of.

    I would suggest though, keeping your eyes and ears open for some of the more interesting village fairs. For example while we were there, a nearby village held a wine "sagra"... so there was wild merry-making in the village, or so we heard. They actually sold tickets to get in and the queues were so long we decided to go back to the hotel to have dinner before re-attempting, but sloth got the better of us and we never left the hotel again :-)

    Alternatively, in Pantelleria town itself (where the port is) are a couple of discos where young people go. Never found out where these were exactly but they do exist.

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Isola di Pantelleria Transportation

  • Hydrofoil to Pantelleria

    We got to Pantelleria from Trapani in Sicily by hydrofoil. The trip takes about 2 and a half hours and you need to buy your tickets in advance. Sadly I thought it would have been more fun. It was highly uncomfortable and I felt a bit more than woozy, because the seas were quite choppy as well. You have to sit down at all times on a hydrofoil for...

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  • Rent a scooter

    At the height of summer, everything becomes more expensive and this includes the price of renting a little scooter. At €50 per day, we thought it a bit excessive but there you go. Neither my husband nor I had ever had to drive a scooter before (pillion didn't count), so it was an adventure just getting started. In Italy you're fine to drive one of...

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  • How to reach Pantelleria

    You get there either by plane from Palermo or by boat from Trapani (about four hours). When arriving by boat, you come into the port where the town of Pantelleria is located.

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Isola di Pantelleria Shopping

  • Capers!

    Capers are big business on Pantelleria. Personally I hate eating them, though I'd happily add them to salads and sauces when cooking for others. We went to the place where it all happens on the island... a Co-op in a really out of the way place near Scauri. It is not much more than a shack. The factory was opening the week we were leaving so we...

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  • Zibibbo wine

    The zibibbo is a famous wine from Pantelleria. It is sweetish... and the locals here drink gallons of it. At the hotel where we stayed there was a free flow of zibibbo during meals, which was a lot of fun.

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Isola di Pantelleria Local Customs

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    by Polly74 Written Apr 27, 2004

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    Visiting Pantelleria, you cannot avoid to taste and to bring back home the capers that are cultivated on the island.
    You can easily find them all around.

    Capers

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Isola di Pantelleria What to Pack

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    by sierralyndon Written Nov 2, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summer, very light clothes obviously. However, do remember that Pantelleria is also a very, very windy place. In the evenings temperatures can dive... and more often than not you'll need at least a cardigan to stay warm outside.

    Also very important to have those beach slippers to protect your feet from sharp rocks (no sand around remember?).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of plasters (band aids) if you're going swimming. The whole island is surrounded by volcanic rock... you'd be hard pressed to find flat places on which to perch yourselves. You are guaranteed at least a few scratches and bruises making your way in and out of the water.

    Loads of sun block is important... that meditteranean sun will roast you.

    Miscellaneous: Mosquito repellant - oh yes!

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Isola di Pantelleria Off The Beaten Path

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    by sierralyndon Written Nov 2, 2004

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    OK, this is not really a tip... more like a what to do if you're wasting time waiting for your ferry which is an hour late.

    I wandered around the wharf for a bit, and made friends with some Greek fishermen who were waiting for their buyers. They had just hauled some sea sponges... make that LOTS of sea sponges! They gave me one which was smelly and eeky... but now that it's dried up is really quite nice. Not that I'm using it for baths mind you.... it's just sitting pretty in my lounge.

    Some fishermen and their sponges
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