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Getting there & away

Pantelleria is 30 minutes by air with Meridiana (084 3 55 55 88; www.meridiana.it; €37.43) and Alitalia (06 2222; www.alitalia.com; from €125) from Rome. The local bus connects the airport with Pantelleria Town.

All boats arrive at the port in Pantelleria Town. Ustica Lines (0923 87 38 13; www.usticalines.it) has hydrofoils departing from Trapani at 6pm daily from June to October (€34, 2½ hours, one daily). Siremar (091 749 31 11; www.siremar.it) runs regular ferries from Trapani to Marettimo (€15.80), to Levanzo (€9.30) and to Favignana (€9.30). There are reduced services from October to May.

You can purchase ferry and hydrofoil tickets from Agenzia Rizzo (0923 91 11 04; www.agenziarizzo.com; Via Borgo Italia 12) and air tickets from La Cossira (0923 91 10 78; www.lacossira.it; Via Borgo Italia 19), both in Pantelleria Town.

Local buses depart from Piazza Cavour in Pantelleria Town at regular intervals each day (except Sunday) and service all the towns on the island. Alternatively, you can rent scooters (€10 per day from September to June, €25 per day from July to August) and cars (Fiat Panda €15 per day from September to June, €40 per day from July to August) from Autonoleggio Policardo (0923 91 28 44; Via Messina 35), to the left of the Port’Hotel.