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Isola di Pantelleria


The island of Pantelleria is a town of 7,600 inhabitants in the province of Trapani.
The town covers the entire island of Pantelleria. It is located 85 km from Sicily and 70 from Africa. Its territory is volcanic. Still exist many phenomena of secondary volcanism, mainly hot water and smoke. The last eruption occurred in 1891, on a slope north-west, in the economy.
The territory of the municipality ranges from sea level to a height of 836 yards on the Great Mountains.
The island's port allows connection with regular ports of Trapani, Porto Empedocle and Mazara del Vallo.
Pantelleria is an airport and is connected with two daily scheduled flights from Trapani.
Known for its centrality in the Mediterranean Sea, a stopover between Africa and Sicily and cornerstone for trade with the Levant, Pantelleria, an island of volcanic origin, is characterized by the extraordinary singularity of the landscape where the natural elements (lava block, coves and cliffs) must be added the artifacts created by humans to live and raise abundant and unique agricultural crops, dry stone walls (with the fourfold function cleared of stones in the bottom and hold the land, demarcate the land and protect from the wind), the Gardens Pantelleria (cylindrical construction masonry lava stone dry with the dual function of protecting citrus from the wind and control the effects of micro-climate for a fair amount of water to the plant where the island does not), the dammusi ( farm buildings with thick walls dry, cubic, with white dome roof and round-arched openings, atavistic examples of bio-climatic architecture).
Pantelleria is also known as the Windward Islands, as winds are felt widely throughout the year, making the island but cool during the hot summer season.