When describing Pantelleria, the largest Sicilian island, one can’t limit themselves to just a vacation spot, but rather a fantastic microcosm positioned in the center of the Mediterranean Sea.
In fact, here you won’t just have the usual three summer months for a relaxing vacation, but thanks to the sun’s constant presence and the natural beauty of the setting, the summers last much longer.
Pick any type of relaxing vacation here in Pantelleria, immersed in the nature and culture of a territory with ancient origins.
Such a beautiful, varied coastline: jagged rocks, smooth stones and natural rock sculptures. Easy access to the beach paired with breathtaking cliffs, often hiding in their depths beautiful caves with crystal blue water.
“I Cannizzi” wishes you a happy stay in Pantelleria, a slow world, made of silences and lovely environments, where your eye catches the countryside, between rock walls, gardens lush with citrus trees, where the islanders cultivate zibibbo grapes, capers, olive groves, gardens and fruit orchards.
Heroic agriculture designed the landscape of Pantelleria: the fruits of a union between volcanic earth, as generous and fertile as it is proud, and of men who learned to adapt to such a difficult but opulent territory.
Pantelleria is a volcanic island, exulted in its nature by deeply colored contrasts. The red clay deposits in the earth is juxtaposed with the smoky gray of the “favare,” combined with the white that comes from the vapors of the thermal founts. The obsidian black gives way to the yellow of the wild broom flowers, the rich purple from the stock flower growing by the sea; the crystal blue of the sea with its untouched beauty gives a window down below to the spectacular ocean floor, full of fish (snapper, amberjack, octopi, seabream, etc).
The volcanic rock fights against the forest and dots the Mediterranean landscape, and, uniting with the work of man, creates rural stone architecture, dammusi, which integrate with the background and create a fulcrum around which life in Pantelleria orbits.
A dammuso is a dwelling made of rock, cubically constructed “by addition“ around the “stanza centrale” with a domed roof, for practical reasons: to allow a greater surface for exposure to the sun, with less humidity and cool temperatures inside during the summer, a perfect place to dry raisins, figs and tomatoes.
The main reason for the curved roof, however, is to funnel rain water into its “jisterna,” a cistern for the collection of water, always found in each dammuso.
The dammusi are separated from each other by a side wall, which covers its terrace as well, “u’passiature”, upon which stand “ddukkena”, seats crafted out of rock, the best place to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the water from your terrace.
There are several types of environments in Pantelleria:
In Pantelleria you can also visit:
Immersion in the crystal blue waters of the island is one of the great pleasures of life in Pantelleria, either between the volcanic cliffs or among the isolated cobblestone coves.
For those with a passion for marine life, Pantelleria offers fantastic diving trips to discover the coast and sea floor of the island.
There are many ways to visit the beach:
If you decide to take a scenic, relaxing boat trip, navigating under the cliffs to the rocks, halfway immersed in the emerald waters of the coves, exploring nature, landscapes, creeks, beaches and other areas available only by boat, Pietro is at your service to give you more information and advice.
You can also take boat excursions all the way to the Tunisian coast (a passport is necessary for these trips).
For those who love hiking, there is a network of trails and itineraries that cover the entire island, running through forests and lands cultivated with zibibbo grapes, capers and olive groves.
There are more than 500km of trails and small roads on the island, making it possible to create 11 sightseeing itineraries, enriching Pantelleria Island from a nature and landscape perspective.
There are many sports options available on the island: swimming, canoing, surfing, sailing, snorkeling, diving, mountain biking, horse riding, etc.
The island, which has a surface of 86 km and a 52 km perimeter, offers scooter and car rental for easy travels through the island’s small dirt roads, at the end of which you can find some of the most beautiful places on Pantelleria.
Pietro is at your service to give you more information and advice.
If for you, vacation means relaxation, slowing down, recharging your body from the stress of everyday life, Pantelleria is one of the best places to visit – with its volcanic origins, it’s like an open air, natural spa.
There are several places on Pantelleria with natural springs and baths, either open air or in protected caves, which allow for year round treatments. Here are some places to visit:
For those who love to discover ancient cultures, there are several interesting archeological monuments, testaments of an old civilization, spread throughout the island.
The most important archeological areas of Pantelleria, part of the Parco Archeologico di Pantelleria, are:
Up to a few years ago, Pantelleria island had exclusively maintained its archeological sites on land; recently though, thanks to researchers, institutions and sea buffs, it was found that Pantelleria had several archeological sites underwater, of great value both historically and culturally.
The most important underwater sites can be found at Cala Gadir, Cala Tramontana e Cala Levante.
Last but not least, the gastronomy of the island. The various populations that dominated the island over time influenced the traditional peasant traditions of sea and countryside:
Naturally, all this is accompanied by typical wines from Pantelleria, white and red, as well as raisin wine and muscat from Pantelleria.
The Pantelleria caper, as it is a flavorful ingredient, is used in many typical foods from the area.