What to see near the port of Pantelleria
Those arriving by ferry or hydrofoil in Pantelleria can start their visit immediately. The first thing to see is the Castle at the mouth of the old port. It is a monument of the Norman period which, however, also bears traces of all the successive dominations that affected the island.
The Bourbons used the fortress as a penal bath for the Risorgimento conspirators even if - it must be said - the newborn Italian state also used the Barbacane Castle (the other name by which the fortress is known) to lock up the brigands who opposed the new course unitary. Currently the Castle is the museum of the numerous archaeological finds found almost everywhere in the area.
And just the archaeological tourism is one of the reasons why you choose to come on holiday to Pantelleria. From the Roman acropolis of San Marco and Santa Teresa, passing through the Archaeological Park of Sesi (megalithic buildings in Mursia), up to the dammusi, ancient buildings in local volcanic stone, there is really a lot to see.
It is not over, because together with the various paths that lead to the Montagna Grande (836mt above sea level), the places we have just mentioned in several cases represent the arrival point of as many hiking itineraries for trekking enthusiasts. One more reason, therefore, to pack - in addition to costumes and clothescasual - even technical clothing suitable for this type of outing.
Sea chapter. Pantelleria has a large number of beaches and rocky inlets reachable both by land and by sea. We point out en passant the Arco dell'Elefante, a proboscis-shaped scoglione located in the eastern part of the island. It is one of the symbolic places of Pantelleria and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Finally, special mention for the Lake of Venus and the Favare, two attractions that clearly betray the volcanic nature of the island. The first is located in the center of Pantelleria, in the locality of Bugeber, and it is a volcanic lake famous for the possibility of making thermal muds. The Favare, on the other hand, are fumarolic springs located on the southern side of the island.