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Ustica

Ustica PA, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Basalt paradise for divers and lovers of seascapes

This little slice of heaven, just an hoir and a half from Palermo harbour by the high speed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Carrie P
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Charming little island

Did 2 hours boat tour with Pepe (Giuseppe, mentioned in an earlier review). It cost €54 for 2 pax... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
coolkuku
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London, United Kingdom
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A tiny volcanic island off Sicily's northern coast.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“day trip” (10 reviews)
“boat tour” (2 reviews)
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Ustica PA, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This little slice of heaven, just an hoir and a half from Palermo harbour by the high speed passenger only boat, is quite superb for a relaxing and utterly refreshing break for those who like to walk, cycle, snorkel, dive or just sit on some...More

1  Thank Carrie P
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Did 2 hours boat tour with Pepe (Giuseppe, mentioned in an earlier review). It cost €54 for 2 pax and 2 snorkeling gears. Not that cheap but we thoroughly enjoyed it. We went to check out 6 caves in total, did 2 snorkellings, even saw...More

1  Thank coolkuku
Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is very nice island near Palermo that you have to experience as it is a paradise. It takes just 1 hour and a half and the trip is nice. You can rent a motorbike and go around the island very easily.

Thank egiarte2017
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We visited Ustica on a day trip from Palermo. This time of year the island is very quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed the village and then took the minibus to Punta Spalmatore (close to the Lighthouse) where we enjoyed the gorgeous sunny weather and some...More

10  Thank Bauke K
Reviewed 4 October 2016

This beautiful volcanic island, just one and an half hour off in front of Palermo, is a real paradise for all those visitors who want to swim in crystal claer waters, dive among thousands of fish, eat organic food and walk along lava black cobblestone...More

3  Thank Gianluca D
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Ustica is a small island and really beautiful. The stony shores are suitable for swimming and especially for snorkeling. Bring bathing shoes!! We cut out feet and hands on the sharp volcanic stones plus they're very hot. You can take the small bus to get...More

Thank A44DESIGN
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Great experience for a day arond Palermo. I took the ferry at 9:30, arriving in Ustica at 12:30. I had enough time (6 hours) to explore the island. The bus service (orange buses that follow the circular island road) are very reliable and cheap. There...More

7  Thank SuAnth
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Tiny island with very little to see in terms of architecture but still a nice place to chill. Something to bear in mind is we had problems with the hydrofoil getting to the island and it was actually cancelled when we tried to get back...More

Thank tobybigdog
Reviewed 19 April 2016

I am absolutely yin love with this island. I had planned for a weekend in Palermo, but the city was too crazy for me, so I escaped to Ustica. Since it was off-season, there wasn't too much activity, but there is so much natural beauty...More

8  Thank ellerachel423
Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

A really nice little island. We also had been to alicudi. Could be reached from Palermo by ferry very easy and cheap. It can't get more Ernest Hemingway :)

1  Thank christianroehrich
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Sarah J
I have read this is a great place for snokelling/diving, I cant find my information about the key things to see and where they are. What are the best things to see/do here?
9 August 2016|
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Response from christianroehrich | Reviewed this property |
Hmm, it may be good for snorkeling, but we didn't see that much fishes ... The islands around Ustica are more getting away from all the stress and living like Ernst Hemingway for a few days. There is not much to do apart... More
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funpal
I want to tour Palermo the day before going to ustica. I am looking for a decent hotel not too far from the Palermo port and would like to leave my car at the hotel in Palermo. Any sugguestions for hotel location in Palermo. Or should I bring my car
29 July 2015|
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Response from Susan W |
Astoria Palace Hotel is a 20 min walk.
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Claudefish
I will travel to Ustica from Palermo approximately on June 25, 26, or 27th. And can only spend a day there returning to Palermo in the evening. What ferries re suggested to take in the morning and evening so that we can spend as much time on the island as possible but still get back to our hotel before late night? Also do we need a car in Ustica?
16 June 2015|
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Response from Massimo C |
Hi there, you can take a fast ferry (it takes 1,5 h circa to arrive) from Palermo's port at 8:40 am (arrival at a 10:05 am) and come back to Palermo with the last ferry at 5:15 pm. The company that provide this service is... More
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