Discover Ustica with Enzo Oliveri: 8 things to do in this amazing Sicilian island
Enzo Oliveri guides you through the beautiful Sicilian island of Ustica, not far from his native Palermo.
This June is is visiting the Villaggio Punta Spalmatore on the occasion of the event “Ustica Villaggio Letterario”.
Let’s escape from the city and discover a gem!
1- Go snorkeling in the marine protected area
The Riserva Marina Protetta is paradise for divers since 1986. You will be guided through this amazing unspoiled water by Cooperativa Ciprea. “La Perla Nera” by Roberto Fedele provides a trusted diving service. Vittorio Arnò delivers fantastic day trips and snorkeling activities.
2- Experience PescaTurismo with Ninì D’Angelo
Fresh fish is Enzo Oliveri’s favourite meal, so our chef went on a boat as first thing. PescaTurismo is an increasingly popular activity which mixes tourism and fishing with local fishermen. Fantastic experience: local shrimps were delicious and Enzo had su much fun!
3 – Enjoy Ustica’s marine caves
Five different natural caves are a true natural wonder: a tour of all of them is a fantastic opportunity to know more about the island. Zanca brothers (Vituzzo e Giannuzzo) will tell you all their secrets including where fishermen used to take cover during storms!
4 – Walk all the way up to the Fortress Falconiera
Interested in archeology? An antique trails takes you to 157 meters above sea level: you’ll find Roman ruins and bourbon defensive walls. Professor Franco Foresta Martin is an expert and will share with you his deep knowledge about the History of Ustica, including a Carthaginian settlement.
5 – Visit the Museum of peasant and marine culture
Wine, lentils and oil are real specialities in Ustica and “Ustica lentils” are SlowFood presidia. The peasant museum offers an insight of the local life in the past centuries, thanks to the farmhouse Azienda Hibiscus.
6 – Taste artisanal Granita
Almond, mulberry, ricotta cheese and pistachio are top choices when it comes to artisanal Sicilian granite. Enzo recommends “da Sabrina”.
7 – Admire stars: unique sky!
Night sky is stunning in Ustica, because we are so far from citylights: professor Franco Foresta Martin guides you during specific events. Breathtaking!
8 – Relax and have fun at Villaggio Punta Spalmatore
It is the only touristic spot with a private beach and direct access to it. Beautiful sunset on the sea! You can get there both from Palermo and Trapani. Learn more here.
Ustica Villaggio Letterario III is a project by Anna Russolillo (who is the director of Villaggio Punta Spalmatore), writer Lucia Vincenti, journalist Franco Foresta Martin, actor Sergio Vespertino, architect Alessandra De Caro and pianist Alberto Chines. Enzo cooked with local chef Antonino Liotta.
Photocredits Anna Russolillo