Italy’s Islands of Refuge – August 29th, 2020
Explore with me some lesser-known islands of Italy, tiny gems offering “refuge” from life’s daily routine. One of them, Lampedusa, has also become a place of refuge for migrants crossing from the North African coast, fleeing poverty and conflicts in their own countries.
Ustica, once a volcano, rises out of an aquamarine sea and the variegated colors of the waters blend with the color array in the murals of the island houses.The Fascists banished political enemies here to this isola di confine. Today, Ustica is chosen as “self-confinement” for those seeking maritime beauty and tranquillity.
Ventotene, too, is a favorite retreat for idyllic “self-confinement” or “refuge” passed slowly with swims in the pristine sea, seafood goodness at delightful eating spots and evening guided walks to fascinating ancient Roman sites. What more is needed?