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Village atmosphere on a volcanic island

Despite the lack of sandy beaches, we really enjoyed our stay here. Everyone was friendly and the... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
Paris, France
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Ideal plan for Palermo to Ustica day trip

Take the morning hydrofoil from Palermo to Ustica via Liberty Lines. The trip is an hour and a... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Brooklyn, New York
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A tiny volcanic island off Sicily's northern coast.
Ustica PA, 90010, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Ustica is beautiful. We visit the Island for one day and it was a beautiful experience. I would recommend this excursion to all nature lovers and people loving small italian villages! We took the aliscafo of Siremar at 8h40 (45 euros/roundtrip) and got back at...More

26  Thank Laurent A
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Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

After googling Ustica and reading reviews on trip advisor, I was expecting so much more. 90€ return from Plaermo, watching the black smoke billow from our boat on departure was initially concerning, but we made it there safely. We used the public 'orange' bus to...More

7  Thank Tameka W
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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Despite the lack of sandy beaches, we really enjoyed our stay here. Everyone was friendly and the village square turns into a real meeting point in the evenings. A pair of booties really help when walking on the rocks in the water.

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Reviewed 5 July 2018

Having visited the Aeolian and Egadi islands, Ustica proved disappointing. I knew it had no sandy beaches, but every access point into the beautiful sea comes with the risk of cutting your feet on sharp volcanic rocks. Surrounded by stunning transparent water but difficult to...More

4  Thank carpediem70
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Take the morning hydrofoil from Palermo to Ustica via Liberty Lines. The trip is an hour and a half. Make sure to bring food if planning to spend the day at sea. Once you get to Ustica, there is a small wooden shack in the...More

6  Thank annapB8310HL
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Went to Ustica to look up family and found them. This is the most beautiful place I have visited. I have fallen in love with the city and plan to return.

Thank Bradmess1
Reviewed 16 May 2018

a quit island, a real dream destination, a little island near Palermo to visit in a half hour with the boat; visit the village, and ideal for snorkeling.

1  Thank Manuela L
Reviewed 30 December 2017

We had a remarkable day trip taking the Ferry for Ustica from Palermo Harbour. The island retains its charm and history with a gorgeous rocky landscape. Excavations have dated settlements here for hundreds of years, while the current population is just over 1300. This tiny...More

3  Thank greekcypriot2009
Reviewed 19 December 2017

This "another" is not intended as a put-down: this is a wonderful little island, where I wanted to return ever since a fleeting visit years ago. This spring, before the tourist season started, I managed to spend three memorable weeks there. I enjoyed every minute...More

5  Thank GaborLeo
Reviewed 12 October 2017

If I were a famous writer, I'd come here and write my master piece in the sacred and relaxing quiet of Ustica. Maybe the beautiful mediterranean sea and the walks and the food and the sun and the friendly people would keep me from writing,...More

Thank TopkapiMuenster
Reviewed 23 August 2017

A lovely island very easy access all around it on foot or by using local minivan transport or cheap island taxi. I had previously visited years ago for diving in its beautiful rich marine protected area. This time i focused on walking the trails and...More

1  Thank annalisefalzon
Reviewed 5 June 2017 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

4  Thank Carrie P
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25 June 2018|
Response from niba206 | Reviewed this property |
A single day is not enough to visit the island of Ustica. The hydrofoil takes us 1 hour and 30 minutes from Palermo and then there is also the return. It would be better to visit the monuments and beauties of Palermo. All... More
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5 June 2018|
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Response from niba206 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I'm sorry I can not be useful. In Ustica I went there with my car taking the ferry. All the best.
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17 August 2017|
Response from Carrie P | Reviewed this property |
i think it would be easier to hire a vespa or two no need for a car really and truly great small van taxi service running from 7.00am - 9.30pm to connect you in this small 2 road island!
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9 August 2016|
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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29 July 2015|
Response from Susan W |
Astoria Palace Hotel is a 20 min walk.
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