Chris Caravella's Virtual Tour of Ustica


Map of Ustica
Faraglioni is an impressive bronze-age archeologic site which is dated from about 1450 B.C.  It is currently being developed as a tourist destination.  The site was once a large and prosperous city well positioned on the trading routes of the Tyrrhenean sea.  Evidence suggests that it was abandoned rather quickly leaving behind many intact artifacts which are housed in the museum at the Santa Maria Tower.   As much as 60% of the site has collapsed into the sea as the island has eroded around the neck of dormant volcano that constitues Ustica.

Clearly defined rooms at the excavation site.  The large concave boulders were for milling grain.  Built into the nearest wall is a ledge of boulders used as seating.  In the middle of the room there would have been a large flat table divided into quartes that sat directly on the ground.  Plates were raised or sat on pedestals.

Large jugs as they appeared during the late 1970's excavations.  These are now kept in the museum at the Santa Maria Tower.


The outer walls of the city.  The large mounds in the walls served as turrets and are evenly spaced along the perimeter.  The massive size of some of the boulders is a testament to the skill and ingenuity of the builders of the city.

A small jar that I found while at the site (coin for scale).  There is still a wealth of artifacts uncovered at the site. Pottery shards litter the paths.  This jar will be housed at the museum. Way cool!
An abicus bead (?) and pottery shards found at Faraglioni.  The lowermost pottery shard has holes bored into it for a cord to act as a handle or to secure a lid.

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