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Levanzo Ancient names:
Greek-Roman: Phorbanzia - Bucinna
Saracen: Gazirat al ya bisah (arida)
Renaissance: Levanto
Surface area and geographical position: 5.82km² - length 5km (measured from Capo Grosso to Punta Pesce) - width 2km. Coastline: 12km. Maximum altitude Pizzo del Monaco 278 metres. Position: 37° 59' latitude North and 12° 20' longitude East.
Distances: from Trapani 6.5 miles (12km), from Favignana 2.2 miles (4km). Population: Levanzo forms part of the municipality of Favignana .
The island has 226 inhabitants.
Area dialling code: 0923.


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The dream island of Levanzo is distinguished by its high coastline and its numerous grottoes, the most famous of which is the Genovese, discovered quite casually in 1949 and containing rock engravings of anthropoid figures, of four-legged beings, fish and idols dating back to the Neolithic era, whilst other figures, representing oxen, deer, horses and men date back to the Upper Paleolithic period. Diggings have brought to light ceramic artefacts and remains dating back to this last period. There are also drawings representing men intent on tuna fishing in the grotto, certainly one of the most ancient activites practised in this area.
The Faraglione is characteristic of the area: it is a cone-shaped islet linked to the island by an isthmus. Anyone staying on this island must be passionately fond of the sea, solitary walks like the one along the road that divides the island from North to South, connecting the village with the lighthouse at Capo Rosso situated on a sheer cliff but offering an incomparable panorama. Circumnavigation of the island is a must if one is to fully appreciate the beauty of the landscape and the numerous coves, among them Cala Dogana, Minnola and Tramontana. The sea, too, is rich in sea life: in the stretch that separates Levanzo from Favignana lives a rich field of Cymodocea Nodosa seagrass and Caulerpa Prolifera seaweed, whilst there are formations of the rare Black Coral along the eastern coast.

 

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Photos by Antonio Noto ed Elio Faraci Traslation: Lynne Vicinanza

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