Deep South and close to Africa

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The island knows no other human voices, no other footprints. On the Offshore Lights, you can live any story you want to tell yourself, and no one will say you’re wrong: not the seagulls, not the prisms, not the wind. (M.L. Stedman)

Isola delle Correnti 2

Down, down, down to the extreme tip of Sicily until there is no path anymore. Only a tiny beach and a rocky shoreline. But you can walk further towards the South, along a boulders walkway that surfaces only with the low tide. We are deep South and close to Africa.

Once at the end of the walkway, we are finally to our destination: we have set our feet on Isola delle Correnti, the southernmost and probably the most isolated point of Italy.

Isola delle Correnti

We are further south than Tunis, as much south as Algiers, and yet we are in Italy.

There is only one standing building, a lighthouse. Another building is decayed and collapsed. Maybe it was a warehouse. Nobody’s around: the last lighthouse keeper has left the island at the end of the last century. Since then, here live only seabirds. And you can clearly hear them, together with the wind and the waves made by the clash of two different currents belonging to two different seas. Mediterranean and Ionian seas meet here with roaring waves.

Isola delle Correnti 3

If you don’t like loneliness, better to come here in summer: at least you’ll be able to spot some people on the beach on the mainland. Otherwise only waves and seagulls.

While on the island, don’t forget the time passing by and keep track of the ephemeris: you have to come back before the tide rises again. Otherwise, the boulders that link the island with the mainland will be underwater and you either swim or spend the night on the island.

Only with seagulls as a company. Or maybe some ghost….

Deep South close to AfricaIsola delle Correnti 1

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