Zibibbo di Pantelleria – Ph Mannarano
3 – Archaeology
Since prehistoric times, Pantelleria has been a trade destination because of the presence of obsidian (black, hard, volcanic rock), as well as its central position in the Mediterranean. The oldest human settlement, dating back to about 5000 years ago, was the people of Sesi, a community of farmers and fishermen.
At the present, we can visit the huts of the ancient village of Mursia and, through the boundary wall, discovering one of the most important places of the entire Mediterranean basin, the Necropolis of the Sesi. In San Marco and Santa Teresa visit the Punic-Roman acropolis, the remains of the ancient capital of the island, founded by Carthage in the second half of the thirteenth century BC and conquered by the Romans during the Punic Wars. The court, the surrounding walls, the public buildings and tanks for the water needs covered in cocciopesto (lime mortar with crushed pottery). There have been important findings here. The three Imperial portraits among them – Caesar, Antonia Minor and Tito – on display at the Castle of Pantelleria.
4 – Diving
Pantelleria is a paradise for divers! The volcanic origin gives the island dark and edgy colours. The lack of sand in the shallow water allows, in fact, for a good visibility, making diving a magical moment.
Magnificent walls, majestic cliffs that are lost in the intense blue of the deep ocean, dry with bright colours and a large concentration of fish that from the first metres manage to envelop us. Fans of underwater photography and archaeology prefer the site of Cala Gadir that comes from arabic and means basin water. Underwater depth is wonderful: we find remains of punic and roman wrecks of the 3th and 2nd century B.C.
5 – Trekking and mountain bike
150 km of trails that wind throughout the territory will offer us exclusive views of the beauty of natural landscape: hiking or mountain biking trails to discover the biodiversity of the island.