Rent of boat in Ustica Island, excursions and history of Ustica Island Print

Situated in the waters of the Tyrrhenian Ses, Ustica is known as the Black Pearl of the Mediterranean. This turtle shaped island is of volcanic origin and is made of dark, solidified lava. The name Ustica is derived from ustum, a name given by the Romans meaning black rock. The main town (also the port) on the island is also called Ustica and is home to 90% of the population. This Sicilian island has not yet been over ridden by tourists. The port of Ustica is situated between two inlets near Capo Falconara. The Bourbons built a fortress on top of this mountain and these ruins are visible even today. This 2 sq. mile island is the oldest in the Sicilian outer archipelago, older even than the Aeolian Islands. It is actually the top of a submerged volcano and thus has no sandy beaches. Its coastline is made up of creeks, bays, and caves and exploring this coastline on a boat is the most popular activity. Part of the island is a national park and is definitely one of the most beautiful islands in Italy, with crystal clear waters and exotics marine life. These waters attract snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts from around the world. Ustica Island, ItalyPhoenicians, Greeks and Bourbons have inhabited the island over the centuries. The Greeks called the island Osteodes (meaning ossuary), as a mark of rememberance for the 6,000 Carthaginians abandoned here. Pirates ransacked the island several times. In the 1050s the island was a penal colony like Alcatraz and old Australia. The island is very colourful almost all year round due to the wild flowering plants that are in bloom, except during July and August. You will also see figs, capers, grapes, prickly pears, wheat, and almond plantations.
 

 


 
 

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