Ventotene lentils

The first crops of lentils dates from the early 1800s, but they were probably planted originally by the Romans. The Ventotene lentil has been included in the list of traditional products of Lazio. This legume, the first to be cultivated and consumed by man as early as 5500 BC, was Read more…

Ventotene Manifesto

A strange destiny unites Ventotene and Santo Stefano that history had intended as a place of punishment and exile, whither to send those who no longer had the rights to have contacts with their environment of origin. These islands were to be remembered only for suffering and pain and instead they Read more…

Ventotene - Fondali Anemoni e Fauna by Ettore Caratelli

Protected Marine Area

The Protected Marine Area covers an area of approximately 2800 hectares with 3 degrees of protection: from the Zone A (with the best preserved marine biological characteristics), to the Zone B (tourist allowed with limitations) to Zone C (daily human activities only if compatible with the well-being of the places). Read more…

Island of Santo Stefano

The Pontine islands were formed as a result of volcanic eruptions and the lava rock base that emerged from the water has accumulated more lighter volcanic material. Santo Stefano was sparsely inhabited in the Roman era and was a refuge for hermits. Here the Bourbons have built a horseshoe-shaped prison Read more…

Roman cistern

In the central area of the island is a Roman cistern that is the heart of the water system assuring a steady supply to the residential areas. The system comprises two huge tanks able to directly collect the rainwater and to then filter the water thanks to their particular structure. Read more…

Guide of Ventotene

Ventotene is an island in the Pontine archipelago, originally called Pandataria ( for its fruits), and is said to be “the island of the mermaids” of Ulysses. Because of its position it has been chosen as a place of exile for many important Roman women including Giulia, daughter of the Read more…

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