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The Italian island of Marettimo is one of the Aegadian Islands that lie in the Mediterranean Sea to the west of Sicily. It is the second largest of the Aegadian islands and has around 300 inhabitants, which increases to roughly 700 in the summer when the tourist season is in full swing. Tourism, traditional handicraft and fishing are the main sources of income for the island's inhabitants. During Roman times the island was an important observation point which is why Casa Romana exists. It is from there that passing vessels could be observed as routes between Italy and north Africa and Italy and Spain would pass the island. Located adjacent to Casa Romana is a restored Byzantine-Norman church which is worth visiting along with a few impressive grottos dotted around the island's coast. There are also many places to swim in the island's crystal clear waters off the western coast although they are only accessible by boat.
Marettimo is around 40 minutes by hydrofoil from Favignana, and an hour from Trapani.
The Italian island of Levanzo is the smallest of the three Egadi Islands that lie off the west coast of Sicily. On the island, which has a population of around 200, there is a pretty little port that is surrounded by lovely buildings and is where most of the island's population live. Traditionally the island's economy was centred around agriculture, where grain was grown, although not much agriculture takes place today. Visitors to the island will still be able to see dry stone walls dividing overgrown fields, terraced hillsides and small stone shelters and limited amount of agriculture and sheep farming.
The island's road network is non-existent and only has a couple of dirt tracks that can be used by jeeps and mules which are the island's modes of transport. Unsurprisingly, fishing is popular off the island's coast and small fishing boats can be hired for excursions. The only real tourist site on the island is the Grotta del Genovese, which is a cave that contains prehistoric art. Therefore, if lazing on a beach and soaking up the sun is what you require from a vacation, then Levanzo is the place to go.