Lat: 38° 42' 27.41322" N - Long: 13° 10' 38.38119" E
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The natural feature of the island of Ustica is the presence of numerous caves along the high and steep coasts.
Geologically it is similar to the Aeolian Islands, with volcanic origin; there are some hills that divide the island into two sides.
In Ustica is located the nature reserve oriented Ustica Island and a marine protected area.
Here there are some of the most beautiful backdrops in the Mediterranean: richness of flora and fauna resemble the tropical one and make it a popular destination for diving enthusiasts.
Ustica hosts the International Exhibition of Underwater Activities.
The ancient Romans called it Ustica (burned); the Greeks Osteodes (ossuary) instead.
By someone it is considered the home of Circe, mentioned in the Odyssey, which transformed the unwary visitors into pigs.
The human settlements date back to the Paleolithic, and there are testimonies of a constant presence of ancient Mediterranean peoples, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans.
Later became the base of Saracen pirates; so remained for a very long time.
In 1759 Ferdinando IV di Borbone imposed a colonization of the island; two watchtowers were built: Torre Santa Maria and Torre Spalmatore.
Cisterns to collect rainwater and houses constituted the main inhabited area at the Cala Santa Maria.
Palermo, Trapani and Aeolian colonists arrived, with a hundred soldiers.
Ustica at the time of the Bourbons was also a place of confinement for political prisoners and in this state remained with the Savoy.
In 1961, the confinement was abolished and tourism began to develop.
Notable touristic interest have the Torre Santa Maria Archaeological Museum, which collects remains and materials of the settlements of the ancient Ustica civilizations, finds from the Middle Bronze Age and objects that prove the contacts between the prehistoric peoples of the Mediterranean.
The village of Tramontana, prehistoric of the Bronze Age, located in the homonymous locality, is located near the cove of the camposanto.
The Aquario dello Spalmatore, located within the marine reserve, contains a fair collection of aquatic species from the Mediterranean.
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