TREMITI ISLANDS… PEARLS EMERGING
FROM THE ADRIATIC SEA!
White pearls emerging from the sea, lands where time has been suspended for decades ago,
islands far from the world and always present in the heart of anyone who sees them at least
Here, where the sea glitters
Also known as Diomedee, the Tremiti Islands represent a small corner of paradise that attracts thousands of tourists every year thanks to the clear sea, the clean seabed, the pleasant climate, the pure air, the luxuriant vegetation, the still wild and uncontaminated nature, the bays and headlands,low and sandy coasts, but also high and rocky with cliffs overlooking the sea. Between a dip in crystal clear waters and a sunbath in one of the many romantic coves, it looks like an exotic destination. The archipelago consists of five islands: San Domino,
San Nicola, Capraia, Cretaccio and Pianosa.
THE ISLAND OF SAN DOMINO San Domino, the largest island, is the most beautiful from a landscape and naturalistic point of view, covered as it is by a forest of Aleppo pines, so much so that it was once called the Garden of Paradise by the Benedictine monks. Around the island we find the Grotta del Bue Marino, the Grotta delle Viole, the Grotta delle Rondinelle, all of which can be visited by boa. THE ISLAND OF SAN NICOLA San Nicola, considered an open-air museum, rich in monuments, is testimony to the history of the islands: towers, imposing fortifications, walls, churches and cloisters of a fortress-abbey, Santa Maria a Mare, which holds a significant historical and artistic interest . THE ISLAND OF CAPRAIA Capraia is considered a small geological paradise , as it is the only volcanic island of the Archipelago that is the result of a double eruption. Steep coasts overlooking the sea, suggestive rocks bare by the erosion of the wind and the sea, document the succession of eruptions and lava stratifications. All this is clearly visible in the famous Cala Rossa,certainly one of the most particular coves of the Archipelago. THE ISLAND OF CRERACCIO Cretaccio is the smallest island of the arcipelago; it's a yellow, uninhabited island, devoid of vegetation. The island is placed between the island of San Domino and the island of San Nicola and here there some of the most attractive legends of the Tremiti Islands. Indeed, uninhabited it would be populated by ghosts. It is said that here, in the past, a prisoner was executed, whose ghost come back during the stormy nights holding in the hands its head decapited. Furthermore, a few meters from the coast there's the rock "La Vecchia": a black rock that is said it belonged to an old witch. THE ISLAND OF PIANOSA Pianosa is rocky plateau which is completely uninhabited. It is part of the Integral Marine Reserve: this implies, within 500 meters from the island, a ban on landing and navigation, an absolute ban on fishing and a ban on diving, unless accompanied by authorized diving guides. LUCIO DALLA AND THE TREMITI ISLANDS Lucio Dalla's musica in the quiet of the Tremiti islands "It was during these holidays as an upside-down emigrant that the rift between two different ways of living occurred in me. So today I find myself with two souls: the northern one (orderly, efficient, futuristic, perfectionist, demanding towards oneself and towards others) and the southern one (disordered, wild, sensual, dreamlike, mystical). It is in the south that I became religious, of a frenzied, irrational, pagan religiosity" This is how Lucio Dalla describes in an interview his relationship with Apulia and in particular with the place that during his life was his refuge: the Tremiti islands . A visceral bond, which has its roots in the story of his mother, originally from Manfredonia, the city where the Bolognese poet and songwriter lived for a period of his life with his parents. A love born in the fifties, until the end of its days. Lucio Dalla took advantage of the quiet, the sea and the peace that only an uncontaminated, evocative and idyllic environment like the Tremiti islands he could give and took refuge in one of his villas, one in San Domino and one in San Nicola. Houses where some of his most beautiful songs were born: Piazza Grande, How deep the sea.