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GUIDE OF LAMPEDUSA

Information

Lampedusa (Lampidusa in Sicilian) is an Italian island belonging to the archipelago of the Pelagie Islands in Sicily. It is the biggest island of the archipelago of the Pelagie in the Mediterranean Sea and it is under the province of Agrigento. From an administrative point of view, along with Linosa, it represents the municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa (of which it is the council seat), counting a total of 6,304 inhabitants. It is the fifth among the Sicilian islands for extension with its 20.2 square km. In antiquity its name was Lopadùsa.


To visit

A day on Lampedusa can be spent in many different ways. A must is to lay on one of its amazing white beaches and dive into its crystal clear sea, while sport lovers could also choose to play golf..
Many fishermen, in summer, become tour guides and they take you exploring little unreachable bays and offer you a simple meal while you are being lulled by the waves. The pristine nature of these places entices you to explore little corners of paradise, like the beach of the Guitgia, the area of the Dead Sea and Cala Madonna. Not to mention Cala Croce, which offers the tourists candid sand as well as water boasting incredible chromatic variations, and Cala Pulcino, a deserted little oasis with light blue waters.


Curiosities

A Sicilian legend goes that a vessel sank off Lampedusa and that the sole survivors were two women from Palermo, Rosina and Clelia. There they found two hermits, Guido and Sinibaldo who renounced their ascetic lives and married them. This seems to have been the origin of the local population. In reality Lampedusa hides much more secret occurrences, presences that are singular as well as enigmatic. Ariosto, for example, set here the bloody clash between Christians and Saracens where Orlando took his legendary white horse. Indeed still now there is on Lampedusa a city quarter named Cavallo Bianco (white horse), there is Orlando’s footprint and even the Tower of Orlando that has been turned into a soon-to-be-opened museum by the Ministry of Fine Arts. As late as 1610 Friar Abela said to have found an inscription on the tower bearing the name of the builder, Lan Crasso. In the popular traditions and culture this mix of fantasy and truth, of European and Arabic, is evident both in the habits and customs as well as in the various aspects of daily life. Food, customs, dances, and songs tell of the meeting of various cultures that found here a way to merge in a maritime life.