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The route starts from the town hall square (Piazza del Municipio). Then, by taking the direction of Via Petriera Tramontana after a hundred feet, the road splits next to a small building. This building, recently restored, used to indicate one of the limits that could not be confined by political prisoners. On the right wall you will notice a marble commemorative stone, placed in the 13th of May 1906, to commemorate the visit of King Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena, made ​​to bring comfort to the local population hit by a massive earthquake.

Once taking the road on the right, cobble-stoned and limited to its right by a large stonewall, you will see another cobble-stoned road crossing from the right. This road will lead you to the Falconiera Rock, but you must continue straight ahead for the continuation. Of course, after a few steps, your attention will be drawn to the right by the view of Cala Giaconi with a beautiful cliff that overlooks it. From there you have a very clear view of the interior of the crater, where the cape of Falconiera represent its volcanic wreck. Recently, on the esplanade, the splendid Suburban Park has been built.

After the turn, a stone kiosk was built in the nineteenth century and dedicated to the Virgin Mary by a islander, where originally was a sighting sentry box. Even from there, being very careful, you can admire a splendid panorama on the northern coast of the island. On the left you can see the small cemetery of the island, which includes the Arab cemetery where deported Libyans were buried 1911 and 1915. They died during confinement because of the poor life conditions they lived in. Among them, there were dignitaries and tribe leaders struck by the fascist repression in Libya.

Proceeding along this way and immediately after the deviation that leads to the secondary docking pier, designed to allow the disembarkation of vehicles when winds blow from the south, on the right hand side you will see the Scoglio del Sacramento (literally, Rock of Sacrament). It is famous for its particular shape. Further ahead you will see the Gorgo Maltese, recently renovated, and once used for the collection of rainwater, also adopted by the Romans, as showed by the remains of the late Roman period found inside.

Later, at the most northern tip of the island, there is the exceptional archaeological site which consists of the Prehistoric Village of Faraglioni. For the experts, this is one of the most important monuments of the Middle Bronze Age (1400-1200 BC) in the Mediterranean. To date, unfortunately, the access to the site is not regulatory and therefore the infrastructures recently made for the public are not accessible.


Taking the road that runs along the archaeological site, you come to a fork. Going to the left, the road connects to the straight road Tramontana, whereas going to the right there is a small dirt track that leads to the coast in correspondence of the zone Punticedda. From there you can swim to the Faraglione della Colombaia (literally, Stack of the Dovecote). Shortly before, another lane leads to the Calette del Corruggio (literally, Coves of Corruggio), cobble-stoned and isolated, with some caves called Grotticelle. Further ahead there is a small canyon carved by rainwater, the Curruggio precisely, which translated means "little channel for drain". This is another way of access to the coves. A dirt track goes down to the sea, and going beyond a concrete step you reach a small bathing point called Tri Petri (literally, Three Stones).

On the left, the path leads to the Salty Gorgo, a large natural depression surrounded by a stone wall that collects and filters, naturally, the water of the surrounding farmlands. The adjective "salty" is due to the salt brought in abundance by the mistral. In the Gorgo live the last toads of the island and a countless number of bird races stop there during the migration seasons. Because of this, the site is of particular interest for the study and photography of beautiful bird specimens. Finally, the large amount of pottery shards that can be found in close proximity suggests the presence of a nearby/ancient Roman farm, where probably tiles were produced. Among the many water collection points on the island, the Salty Gorgo is the only one not made by man, who has always been in need to accumulate rainwater due to the absolute lack of natural sources on the island.

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