The province of Agrigento

Pelagie (Lampedusa and Linosa)


A particular of beach of Lampedusa
Photo © Roberto Meli

The Pelagie (Lampedusa and Linosa) (Zip Code 92010) includes the islands of the homonymous archipelago. It belongs to Agrigento's province administration.

Photo © Roberto Meli 

A particular of Lampedusa

The municipality counts 5.765 inhabitants, its surface measures 1.600 hectares, and its population density is of 360 inhabitants per square kilometre (these are total values calculated both for the islands of   Lampedusa and Linosa). It rises on a flat area, 13 meters above the sea-level.

The Town Hall is located at Lampedusa, in via Vittorio Emanuele n. 20, tel. ++39 0922-970111/970002 fax ++39 0922-970027.

The main islands of the Pelagie archipelago, Lampedusa and Linosa boast a rich cultivation of figs, Indian figs, lentils, and carobs.

Conspicuous and various are the fishing resources as per shrimp, squid, lobster, sardines, anchovies, and mackerel deliciously cooked according to typical seafood recipes.

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The Church of Lampedusa

The name Pelagie derives from the Greek term Pelagos that means "mare" because this archipelago's islands are big volcano rocks emerging from the sea's depths.

The name Lampedusa derives from the Byzantine Greek term Lopadusa that means "rich of mollusks".

Throughout the years, it has been home of the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Arabs. Afterwards, the island remained uninhabited until 1551, when King Carlo V of Spain landed and tried colonizing it.

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Only in 1847 the island return to be inhabited thanks to Ferdinando II of Borbone. Throughout the centuries, the island has belonged to the noble Lampedusa family, the same family Giuseppe Lampedusa, author of the famous historical novel "Il Gattopardo", belonged to.

The name Linosa derives from the ancient Greek term Aethusa. The island was inhabited by Romans and Arab populations. It was colonized in 1845 by will of king Ferdinando II.

The island has a volcanic nature deriving from the lava flows fused with the local tuffs. Its few inhabitants are mostly agriculturists and fishermen.

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Baia dei conigli

Among the monuments, the most outstanding is the Santuario della Madonna di Lampedusa (also called Madonna of Porto Salvo), originally situated within a cave and subsequently reconstructed within a new chapel.

Also remarkable are the Monumento al Pescatore (monument in honor of the fishermen) and the Obelisco, artwork of artist Arnaldo Pomodoro.

Lampedusa and Linosa remain impressed in the memory for the beauty of the sea surrounding them, an incredible submerged world full of aquatic plants and fish of all sorts.

Numerous and fascinating are the bays all along the islands' perimeters, often accessible by boat only.

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