Two hours only of flight and then here it is with its 20 sq km of barren surface that smells of African land. At a latitude lower than the 35th parallel it represents the extreme southern edge of Italy, the southernmost point of Europe. There are numerous inlets lapped by crystal clear waters with fishy and beautiful backdrops that constitute a precious naturalistic heritage. Whether you come from the sea or from the sky, there are two things that immediately strike the visitor: the sunlight, so warm and dazzling, and the smell of the sea, sometimes delicate, sometimes so intense.
Lampedusa, the largest of the Pelagie islands (the other two are Linosa and Lampione) geologically African land, ocher-colored stone emerging from the sea, from the rocks exposed by the wind after the deforestation suffered in the last century, has the country located in the part south-east, close to what until a few years ago was the only gateway: the port. The simple and warm hospitality is also found in the gastronomy, all based on fresh fish with tasty solutions, the result of a skilful mix of flavors and cultures ranging from Sicilian to Tunisian.
In addition to the numerous opportunities to experience the sea by witnessing the passage of sperm whales between February and April, the laying of eggs of Caretta Caretta turtles, the possibility of participating in traditional peaches such as “paranza, purse seine, bolentino, lampara, trolling, Lampedusa, despite the its desert aspect hosts an interesting fauna community. In the northern high cliffs it is possible to admire the evolutions of the “falcon of the queen” and the “marangone with the tuft”. In the spring and autumn period migrations offer a show not to be missed: thousands of birds in fact they use Lampedusa as a resting place during the crossing.