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Ferries to Ustica Island

The tiny island of Ustica is the peak of an ancient, submerged volcano in the Tyrrhenian Sea, situated 52km north of Palermo.

Known by locals as ‘The Black Pearl’, its hilly landscape consists mainly of black rock formations and the odd speckle of spring flowers or cacti.

Ustica is also famously known for its use as an island prison until the 1950s, where Mussolini sent many political opponents during his rule. There is a fascinating museum documenting everything about the penitentiary which is well worth visiting.

It boasts excellent scenery for long walks, with the best route taking you up to the island’s fort. Built by the Bourbon kings in the ancient Roman era, this historic landmark stands at 157 metres and offers fantastic views over the island.

The coastline itself features a number of spectacular grottoes and, as a marine reserve, perfectly clear water. Some visitors come especially for the superb diving opportunities, with the waters teeming with shipwrecks, Roman artefacts and colourful marine life.

If you’re looking for a relaxing evening after a long day of hiking, then the main town provides the perfect setting. The large, picturesque piazza boasts charming restaurants and bars overlooking the sea. There are also a number small food stores selling everything you need for a perfect picnic on the beach.

There is a fast crossing from Trapani, Sicily and a slightly longer crossing from the Port of Napoli on Italy’s west coast. Both journeys are operated by Ustica Lines, providing one sailing every week.

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Ustica Island reviews

  • "Great service"

    Our trip to Filicudi and return ran smoothly and will definitely use Liberty Lines again.

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  • "A comfertable trip! "

    The crew was very friendly and competent! There is no catering onboard so bring food if you need to eat. Looking foreward to taking this trip again!

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  • "Perfect"

    Horaire rapidité destination parking Et tarif Rien a dire C'était très bien

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  • "Memorable Boat trip"

    Our group of five was from the UK and really enjoyed the trip.The boat was clean and the staff friendly and helpful. There is a restaurant and bar with reasonably priced decent food. The boat and cabins were spotless and comfortable. If anything could be improved it would be the booking process which did not let me book a cabin on line. Queuing for foot passenger boarding was not enjoyable as we were stood next to the lorry queue for about 30 minutes and fumes were unpleasant. The views approaching Stromboli made it a overall a memorable and enjoyable experience..

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