Levanzo, Sicily: visit the important prehistoric sites of Levanzo island

Photo of Levanzo (Sicily region)

Visit Levanzo

Levanzo is a small island situated off Trapani to the west of Sicily, and is one of the three main Aegadian islands (with Favignana and Marettimmo).

Covering just six square kilometers, Levanzo is a popular destination for both its cultural and natural highlights.

Visitin Levanzo: tourism and travel guide

Although Levanzo is a very small island with limited tourist facilities you will find that it is very pleasant to explore, with quaint small whitewashed houses around the harbour and the hill rising steeply behind, the scenery and coastline of the island itself, and for the exceptional prehistoric cave paintings which are among the very best in Italy.

Levanzo caves

Graffiti in Grotta dei cervi on LevanzoThe most important highlight on Levanzo is its prehistoric caves and their engravings, including the cave referred to to as 'the button-hole of Levanzo', now better known as the Grotta del Genovese and discovered in 1949.

In the innermost parts of the cave there is some 'graffiti' that dates back almost 10,000 years, depicting animals and three men.

The animals pictured are a deer, an ox-bull, and a small monkey, the remains of which were found in many Pleistocene deposit of the same cave in Levanzo. The three figures of the men are gathered to form a small scene, perhaps a dance. Further pictures to the side are much smaller and often have the appearance of sketches.

The Grotta Genovese is not the only prehistoric cave in Levanzo, and the “Grotta dei Porci” (Cave of Pigs), close to the Genovese caves, is also very important. Professor Graziosi discovered this cave in 1952, in an inland area. This cave also shows figures of animals, although painted with a less refined technique. The cave is about 30 meters deep.

In Levanzo there are about a further dozen prehistoric caves, among which are the “Punta Cappero”, “Cala Tramontana”, “Pecore” and “Punta Sorci” caves.

levanzo coastLevanzo Coast

Away from the caves, visitors can take pleasant trips by boat off the coast of Levanzo, swimming in the water and surrounded by lush unspoiled vegetation.

There is also an attractive coast path and a path that leads up the hill of Pizzo del Monaco, as well as several small pebble beaches.

This is an excellent prelude to tasting the typical dishes of the island, such as the "couscous" fish, with broth fish, scorpion fish, and onion; the lobster soup, slightly spicy with almonds, and the “lasagne alla marinara”, a real specialty with seafood, white sauce and eggplant.

See also Levanzo history and etymology.

See also:

Map of Levanzo and places to visit

Levanzo places to visit

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