Si Trova: Isole Pelagie
Lat: 35° 51' 58.03187" N - Long: 12° 52' 4.007034" E
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Linosa was created by eruptions along the fracture line between east coast of Sicily and the coast of Tunis.
This little island is only five square kilometers and can be turned on foot.
The only inhabited center, characterized by graceful pastel colored buildings, is gathered around the small marina.
The landscape is various and heterogeneous: low coasts, a single beach, internal plains and also many stretches below sea level.
This small island shows beautiful Mediterranean landscapes surrounded by a wonderful sea.
Craters are still very evident: in the center of the island extends the main crater, called "the Fossa del Cappellano", then we find Monte Vulcano, Monte Rosso, Monte Nero and a small Craterino.
The island was used by the Romans during the Punic Wars; about roman time 150 tanks remain, built to collect rainwater; moreover the seabed of the surrounding sea is full of the contents of ships of that time.
In the Middle Ages, after the Aragonese period the island remained uninhabited.
In 1776 the islands were purchased by the King of Naples and in 1845 began the colonization of Linosa by order of Ferdinando II of Borbone, King of the Two Sicilies.
Few were the attentions to the island by the Kingdom of Italy and only with the beginning of the sixties of the twentieth century the island has acquired a more decent livability.
Linosa is part of the Linosa and Lampione Island nature reserve, managed by the Sicilian Region Forestry Company.
Fishing has always been limited due to the lack of an adequate port that does not allow the use of more and more sophisticated boats, but it is exactly this that giveses the island an unique and uncontaminated beauty, so as to make tourism the greatest economic form of the island.
Tourism can count on a very limited number of hotel facilities, but there are lots of apartments or bungalows to rent.
Linosa is a pole of attraction for diving enthusiasts; it is daily connected to Lampedusa and Porto Empedocle by a SIREMAR ferry and by Ustica Lines hydrofoils.
If necessary, there is an heliport.
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