The Tyrrhenian Islands
Everyone is a pearl, from Elba to Ustica. Better by boat
We have said many times that we would like to turn our sailing boat Adriatica into a kind of sea bus, a Tyrrhenian line constantly sailing around Italian coasts, above all around the islands of Tuscany, Lazio, Campania and Sicily. It would start from the North, from the Tuscan Archipelago, then it would go down to the Pontine Islands, and eventually reach the islands of the Gulf of Naples.
Every island is a pearl. You have the chance to visit one by one the most beautiful places in the world. From Elba to Capraia, from Pianosa to Montecristo and then Ponza, Ventotene, Ischia, Procida and Capri. A really unique itinerary. From there it is very easy to reach the Aeolian Islands, an example of priceless biodiversity, from Stromboli and Vulcano to Alicudi and Filicudi. And, of course, Ustica (that still recalls the tragedy of the plane crashed in 1980), where we have never been.
However, we know very well the Aegadian Islands, near Trapani, which are a treasure, especially Marettimo, where we really would like to return. The real surprise of those islands is their history. To me, Syusy, it is like going on a journey on the track of the Sea People, the mysterious people that had colonized the Mediterranean Sea before the Greeks, the Phoenicians and the Etruscans. They were perhaps the survivors from the Atlantean catastrophe and they maybe came from the North.
Moreover, every island is a world itself and has its own identity. Some might say islanders generally have a strong unique personality. And we agree, there is no ordinary people. During our tours we have had the pleasure to meet unforgettable and peculiar people.
Syusy and Patrizio
Cover pic courtesy of Flickr User Patrick Nouhailler