I Love Ustica

Path of the woods

It is definitely one of the most picturesque walks in the island: a path in the middle of large mediterranean scrubs that develops within the Terrestrial Natural Reserve, with breathtaking landscapes.

The itinerary that we propose you starts at the northern part of the town, from the little square in front of the Church of Santa Maria (literally, Holy Mary), located at the exit of the ancient district Case Vecchie (literally, Old Houses). From there there are three routes: the way Vicinale del Bosco, the street San Bartolicchio e the new asphalt road leading to the village.

You start by walking through the Strada del Bosco (literally Road of the Forest): this is an ancient path, that certainly was used by the Carbonari who, before the population of the island, used to come occasionally to exploit its natural resources. The road, restored during tehe Bourbon period, separated the cultivated lands from those intended for pasture. It was expanded and cobblestoned around the mid-twentieth century to allow the access of motorised vehicles to the old weather station, now replaced by a modern radar.