Your excursion to Levanzo (Egadi Islands)

Excursion duration: 1 hour and 50 minutes approx

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DEPARTURE TIMES

Everyday
10:30 - 10:45
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THE CAVE OF LEVANZO

An important example of rock art on the island of Levanzo

Along the north-west coast of the island of Levanzo, the smallest, but not the least enchanting of the Egadi, the attentive sailor, raising his eyes to a height of about thirty meters on the high and steep limestone cliffs that rise up in front of him , can see the Grotta del Genovese.

The karst formation cave overlooks a small eponymous creek, and is surrounded, almost hidden by the vegetation typical of the Mediterranean, positioning itself in a landscape of great scenic beauty.

Karsism caused to the cave a very articulate morphology. In fact it's made by a wide chamber as an entrance (called "precave"), and after this, there's a tight and short shaft that brings to an inner chamber less tall and longer. Inside the precave there are the remains of a kiln aimed at the making of lime that dates back to late medieval age. Recently, it was used by agricultural peasants as a stable and shelter for agricultural tools. In the inner chamber we can find 33 engraved pictures and about 100 painted figures: they represents absolutely the richest Italian inheritance of prehistoric figurate expressivity. This part of the cave was unexplored. It has been known to the inhabitants of the island as a good hunt place, were, besides some ferret and some bunnies, nobody ever entered. But among the inhabitants of Levanzo circulated some rumours about the presence of "inscriptions" in the dark chamber, maybe the echo of an old story of an explorer which didn't recognize to have faced such important prehistoric images.

The discovery and the popularization of the extraordinary inheritance of rock images in the inner chamber dates back to 1949, when Francesca Minellono, a painter from Florence in holiday, discovered this part of the cave, driven by a great curiosity due to the rumours she heard. The first ones to be informed about the discovery were Prof. Paolo Graziosi from Human Paleo-ethnology institute of Florence University, and the Superintend to Antiques for Eastern Sicily Jole Bovio Marconi. After a short time, the first scientific researches started in Levanzo. They made tracings of the images, stratigraphic studies, and a series of archeologic explorations in many other caves of Levanzo and the near Favignana.

See all the photos in the Gallery

Art and Prehistory

The Grotta del Genovese in Levanzo, one of the most famous monuments of human art.

The Engravings

The Grotta del Genovese - Levanzo

COME VISIT

Arrive at the Port of Trapani and take the ferry or hydrofoil. We are waiting for you in Levanzo!

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