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Castello di Pantelleria, Pantelleria Island (Sicily, Italy), July 5-7, 2017

Pantelleria is an Italian island in the Strait of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Sicily and 60 km (37 miles) east of the Tunisian coast.

Pantelleria is known for its archaeological sites and areas of natural beauty: the two large Pleistocene calderas, hot springs and fumaroles and an active hydrothermal system, as well as wonderful beaches and the blue sea. Pantelleria is noted for its sweet wines, Moscato di Pantelleria and Moscato Passito di Pantelleria, both made from the local Zibibbo grape. In 2014, the traditional agricultural practice of cultivating the “vite ad alberello” (head-trained bush vines) of the community of Pantelleria was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Unesco.

The Castello di Pantelleria is one of the oldest architectural structures around which the wheel of the history of the ‘island of Pantelleria’

The Castello di Pantelleria, commonly called Barbican, is a monument of medieval origin made of lava stone, substantially intact today, although in the past undergone numerous renovations.

Situated in what is the center itself, the Castle Barbican overlooking the entire harbor, a strategic position for the fortress used as a prison until 1975. Once it was in fact entirely surrounded by the waters of the sea to and equipped with a drawbridge the connections with the outside.Originally a bulwark to protect maritime traffic island, representing the predominant element of the walled city.

The fame of this grandiose construction is due not only to the architectural peculiarities with which it was originally made but to that which is the history that characterizes it, a history spanning several centuries.