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For those who want to have a sailing holiday characterized by sea, nature and the slow flow of life in a larger space-time away from the noises of the world and the rush of daily life, a stay in Levanzo "the hospitable island" is a must.
Whoever comes here will listen to local people and talk about themselves with the same discretion.
The village overlooks “ Cala Dogana “ from where you can reach on foot, westwards “ Punta Pesce “ and from there to Faraglione. Continuing westward you reach the "Grotta del Genovese “, a prehistoric cave of immense scientific and cultural value discovered accidentally in 1949 by a Tuscan painter.

The Grotta del Genovese can only be visited on a guided tour with the official custodian, Natale Castiglione, who generally takes small parties to the cave once or twice a day, at 10.30am and also 3pm in July and August. If you want to visit the cave you should book in advance, though this is usually possible at fairly short notice - our hotel in Favignana telephoned and booked for us a couple of hours beforehand. There are three options for visiting the cave. You can walk there yourself, and meet the custodian at the cave - book ahead and check this option is possible - you can travel overland by jeep (fuoristrada) then descend to the cave on foot, or - when the sea is calm enough to land - you can take a boat trip. The walk downhill from the jeep to the cave takes up to twenty minutes down a well-made dirt path which zig-zags down the slope. The walk up is more tiring and visiting the cave on foot isn't really to be recommended for anyone infirm. Wear tough shoes, and take water to drink. The custodian's little office on Levanzo is on the lane just above the port (take a right, then a left, or ask a local).

The Grotta del Genovese is not far above sea level, and consists of a rocky cave-shelter with a narrow entrance leading into a larger, dark internal cave. The wall-art in the inner cave, some of which could be as much as 13,000 years old, includes images of bison and deer, and later pictures of tuna fish and a dolphin. Other recognisable depictions include a donkey and implements, probably weapons. There are primitive representations of men and fertility symbols for women. Apparently it is most likely the site was used for cult purposes rather than as living space. A female figure, high and alone on the far wall, painted with ochre and animal fat, is thought to represent a goddess.

On the walk down you can see Marettimo on the horizon; Marettimo was already an island when Levanzo was still joined to mainland Sicily and the hunters were depicting deer and bison on the cave walls.

It is really worth visiting the cave. It's a rare opportunity to see ancient rock art up close like this; the setting is memorable and the whole expedition has an air of adventure about it.









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