Mystery Islands of Italy – Part 2

Mediterranean | | June 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm


Italy has bountiful beauty abundant with gorgeous escapades in its several islands that stretch across the Mediterranean Sea.

filicudiA trip to Italy is incomplete without a visit to the majestic Elba Island. One can either take up a 2-hour trek or board one of the cable car rides to the highest point on the Elba, Monte Capanne, which proffers exhilarating views of the Italian mainland and islands of Corsica, Capraia, Monte Cristo and Pianosa. One can find many sites of historic significance, namely the Museum Archeologico Porotferraio, the Villa San Martino, the summer home of Napolean, Palazzina dei Mulini, the palace of Napolean and his sister which houses precious memorabilia from that era. This immensely pictorial place in Italy with ever-stretching shores with rocky-sandy beach fronts, dotted with faint-coloured cottages, provide a wide array of choices right from sun basking, snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing and boating. The east coast abounds in strange iron ore dumps.

favignana1Another Italian island that manages to gather significant popularity is the butterfly-shaped Favignana islands that bears significant prominence in comparison to all Aegadi islands, located off the Sicilian tip, a cerulean bliss with its charming townships, sun-kissed sandy beaches where one can venture out for some underwater adventure or explore the mystic volcanic caves. One can revel in the joys of Trapani and Marsala with its historical legacy, followed with a trip to the extraordinary Stagnone Lagoon. One can view the magnificent primeval art forms in the Genoese Caves or explore the hidden treasures in the Salt Museum. The place is renowned for its annual summer months primeval blue-fin tuna trappings also called mattanza. Other magnificent, innate heritages to look out for are the Faraglione, Santa Caterina, San Giacomo and Grotta del Uccerie.

elbaThe miniature, rather mysterious island of Filicudi which is a piece of the Eolian islands in Italy boasts of an amazing deep sea museum in the Cape Graziano. This archaeological cache holds remnants of several Grecian, Byzantine and Roman ships. One can visit the all-embracing Grotta del Bue Marino sea caves, located on the southwest coast of Filicudi. Filicudi, a haven of serenity with bare population of mere 250 locals has many unexpected treasures like the Capo Graziano known for its primeval bronze- age remnants of stone-age and the gorgeous settlements of Pecorini a Mare on the sea side. Get enthralled at the dizzy heights and scenic views atop the Monte Fossa Felci, Monte Montagnola and Monte Terrione or be awestruck with sights of the volcanic finger-like rock formations of La Canna.

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