Levanzo and the Egadi islands

Levanzo

lisola residenceThe island of Levanzo is the smallest of Egadi Islands and is about 9 miles west of Trapani.
The area, about 6  km, is rich in hills dominated by the "Pizzo del Monaco" that its 278 meters flows into the sea to form rocky coasts troubled, particularly beautiful in the south-west. The island is crossed by a single road that runs from south to north, which cuts the village of white houses, climbing on the cliffs, which are reflected on the water bright blue of the harbor of Cala Dogana.

Above the village is dominated by a plateau that is home to the "Case Florio, an old manor house surrounded by the remains of a farm (where there is our residence). The northern part of the island is a succession of steep and rocky coves. Levanzo between the Sicilian coast and the islets of Formica and Maraone (where are the ruins of an old tuna). In an almost suspended to use the car is absolutely useless. A Levanzo, dominated by the tranquility and silence, it is better to walk or bicycle, boat or raft.

Historical notes
lisola residenceThe island of Levanzo is composed by calcareous and white rocks that show several caves . The old romanic name was Phorbantia (after BUCINNA) from the name which cames from a special kind of local spices. The country is composed by a small group of houses and there is a little port.

On the coast overlooking some caves, the most famous of which is the Genovese cave (discovered only in 1949), with its carvings and cave paintings of 11000 years ago. This is one of the oldest evidence of human presence in Sicily, the rock figures of men and animals that refer to the Mesolithic, its dark rites, its wildlife and mysterious. The recordings would be the oldest in Europe as well as those equivalent to a cave in France.
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Favignana and Marettimo

lisola residenceFavignana, the most famous and extensive of the three Egadi islands, has an area of 20 kmq with a coastline of 33 km. His town has a population of about 3,500 inhabitants. The island is flat with only a relief, Mount St. Catherine, where stands the majestic namesakr castle, ancient seat of the Saracen sighting, rebuilt by the norman king Roger II and enlarged later, used as a prison during the Bourbon period.

The village is situated about two squares, Piazza Europa and Piazza Matrice connected to the main street, meta of the evening stroll. Among the most famous monuments, the two buildings "Florio" behind the port Palazzo Florio, built in 1876, and, in the bay on the right, the big Tuna, recently renovated and restored. But Favignana is mostly sea and natural beauty. The coastline is mostly rocky but most easily accessible. The beaches / creeks are major cala Azzurra, small sandy bay south of the town, the wide beach of Lido Burrone, Cala Rossa, Cala del Bue Marino, Cala Rotonda, Cala Grande, Punta Faro, etc..

lisola residenceThe island of Marettimo, formerly called Hiera (sacred) is certainly the most pristine archipelago, characterized by a large number of natural caves of incomparable beauty .. The island, which covers about 12 kmq, is the most mountainous, with Mount Falcone, which reaches almost 700 feet high. Because of the insularity and the long delay of at least 6000 years in the appearance of the first human settlements than other Egadi, Marettimo has a different evolution of flora and fauna, which led to enduring forms of plant and animal life exist in the rest of archipelago and Sicily.

At the foot of the mountain lies the little town, from white  cube houses iwith terrace. Behind the Scalo Nuovo (current anchorage) is the Scalo Vecchio, used by fishermen. From here you can see Punta Troia crowned by the ruins of a castle dating back to Spanish (XVII sec.), used as a prison until 1844. A series of rough paths (but also cover a donkey) lead on the heights around the island, promoting contact with nature and offering stunning views.

The best way to visit Marettimo is the boat, which lets you explore the many caves that characterize the coast and opening up steep slopes, among which stand out the Camello cave, the Tuonocave, the Perciata cave, the Presepio cave, etc..

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