Sebastiano Tusa

One of the biggest islands in the Mediterranean, and among those furthest from the mainland, Pantelleria gives the interested visitor an opportunity to follow the path of this island’s intense and uninterrupted history, which began with Neolithic settlers attracted by the obsidian, who eventually continued on their way to Sicily, North Africa and Malta. A volcanic island, it is in places extremely harsh but softened in other areas where man has worked hard to cultivate fertile crops often in the most rugged and dangerous areas, practically unreachable since prehistoric times. Pantelleria provided the site for a large fortified settlement during the Bronze Age, and for an unusual burial ground made up of megalithic tombs which has adapted to: the Gelkamar.
The island’s history during the Carthaginian occupation was very lively indeed. The Romans were the first to discover and develop the cultivation of vines which led to the production of such famous wines as Moscato and Passito, considered among the best strong wines in he world. Our documentary weaves its way along well-known and lesser-known paths together with Folco Quilici and Sebastiano Tusa, who combine the curiosity of the traveller and the experience of the archaeologist to show us those places that have been touched by history. The island never ceases to surprise and charm, for example, with its production of pots and pans during the late Roman era that allowed Pantelleria to economically lord it over the rest of the Mediterranean and was maybe also responsible for its name.

Folco Quilici
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