Welcome to our island
Located 36 nautical miles (67 kms) North of Palermo, and surrounded by very deep waters, Ustica, because of the color of its volcanic rocks, has been called the “Black Pearl of the Mediterranean.” The small town centre (about 1300 inhabitants) is built above the main harbor. Piazza Umberto I and Piazza della Vittoria are the main centre of the town, linking the port to the rest of the island. Above them, the City Hall, the bus terminal and the beginning of the island beltline road.
The island has both a marine protected area created as early as 1986 (see: www.ampustica.it) and a land reserve, effectively protecting both land and sea. Unique opportunities for unforgettable experiences including deep and night diving, trekking, birdwatching etc...
Trip Advisor has recognized Ustica as one of the top ten Italian Travellers’ Choice Top Island 2016. They say of us: <<Thanks to its volcanic history, the island of Ustica offers awesome opportunities for deep diving. Notable sites include Scoglio del Medico and Grotta dei Gamberi. Snorkelers can explore Grotta Azzurra, Grotta Verde, and Grotta delle Barche. There are plenty of dive centres that can offer guided trips to all of these watery hotspots.... >>
Walking / Holiday: News and growth in July 2020 the first International Walking Week in Ustica Island
Ustica (PA). The organisation of the first edition of the „International Walking Week in Ustica Island“ has been officially started, thanks to the synergy between the Ustica Tour, the ASD Sicilia Promo Sport Vacanze and the Soc. Coop. CIPREA Escursioni that have always believed in promoting the area and especially in the formula that combines walking (in all its forms) and tourism.
The initiative was born as a part of the Walking tour with stages in Ustica Island (Giro Podistica a Tappe Isola di Ustica Trofeo AMP), that will take place from the 13th to 18th of July 2020. This will be a week marked by four walks to discover the most attractive corners of the island of Ustica, all walks will be accompanied by expert guides who will tell the stories and curiosities of the places.
Studies show that the non-competitive walking movement is growing rapidly, people of all ages intersted in sports combine their holidays with the walking events held nationally and internationally. The first edition of the International Walking Week in Ustica Island wants to reach those sport-loving people who without competitive ambitions, not interested in any type of ranking, through long healthy walks in the open air want to raise the quality of their life and maybe meet people who may become new friends.
Registrations for the first edition of the International Weeking Week in Ustica Island are opened by 10 July and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ustica Tour will also take care of yur accommodation, offering all those interested numerous possibilities of magnificent stay in Ustica.
Here below is the programme reserved for participants of the event:
Monday, 13 July Arrival and Accommodation / 17.00 Briefing at the CIPREA Secretariat and delivery of relevant material.
Tuesday, 14 July 08.00 Meeting at the CIPREA Secretariat and Briefing / 08.15 Start of the 1st trail - Forest trail, approximately 4.5 Km
Wednesday, 15 July 08.00 Meeting at the CIPREA Secretariat and Briefing / 08.15 Start of the 2nd trail called Mezzogiorno's (Midday) trail
Thursday, 16 July 08.00 Meeting at the CIPREA Secretariat and Briefing / 08.15 am Start of the 3rd trail called the trail of the Sunset, 5 Km
Friday, 17 July Free day and / or boat tour of the island
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TIPS IF YOU ARRIVE IN THE PORT OF PALERMO:
If you bought your ticket ONLINE, remember to redeem the voucher in the BARBARO ticket office. We suggest you enter the port area through the Via E. Amari (corner with Via F. Crispi). Here, you will also find the shuttle bus both to the ferry (ferry boat "Siremar"- "Caronte & Tourist"-SNS) and the hydrofoil docks ( hydrofoil "Tiziano" or Catamaran "Ale M" by Libertylines). Port staff available at the entrance for onsite information
If you DO NOT have your ticket yet: contact the biglietteria "Barbaro Viaggi" (Tel 091 324255). This is now the ONLY ticket office for both the SNS (previously SIREMAR) and Usticalines companies. It is located inside the port area (updated as of April 2016). We strongly recommend you to be at the ticket office at least 40 minutes before departure
From the Palermo Airport to the Port/Politeama, we recommend the city bus by the "Prestia & Comandè" company or a taxi sharing service available at the airport. We can book taxi services for you or, for groups, dedicated van/bus transportation.
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