#10 Procida – Departure

Here we leave Procida, too. Unique, virtuous, alive, an island with 10 thousand people in 4 square km which doesn’t hibernate in wintertime. An island full of real seamen by tradition.

The recpetion is worth such tradition. A true thank you to Nicola Scotto Di Carlo (and to his family) who dedicated all his time to unveil to us Procida’s spirit and to show us how to lead it into the future. Thank you too to Giovanni Scotto Di Carlo and Domenico Scotto, who believe that it’s from the kids and the sea sports that we have to start again. And to Roberto Gabriele and his Associazione Vivara Onlus – Amici delle piccole isole (Friends of the small islands), with his wisdom about the charm and the importance of the small islands.

And finally to Lega Navale Italiana Procida for the hospitality.

Ischia, here I come!!!!


Posted on: 16.May.2018   Leave a comment

Island People – Ustica – Margherita Longo

Ustica is “my” island. I’ve lived there a year and a half in the last three years, and after a quick calculation, I spent at least the equivalent of a month underwater.

It’s not an easy or an astounding island. Her affection, in both ways, must be conquered: it is reserved to the patient ones.

I believe Margherita and her partner Vito were patient enough. Here go her words:
“I’m 39, I have got two kids, a degree and a PhD in agriculture. After studying and working in the city I came back to the countryside. We decided to bet on our future on our grandparents’ piece of land, along with my partner Vito Barbera, who is from Trapani and moved to Ustica. Eight years ago, after leaving, he, the academic career, I, the mythic permanent position at the Ministry of Agriculture, we returned to live in Ustica with our children to renew the family farm. Given my half-Sicilian, half-Lombard roots, I can integrate organization and passion in both the company and the family management. I am an active part in the associative life of the island, which tries to join agricultural producers and tourist operators in order to promote agriculture and tourism.”

The name of the farm is Hibiscus (https://www.agriturismohibiscus.com/eng/) and is one of Ustica’s flagships. It produces, with organic methods, some awesome white wines and an incredible “passito” made of zibibbo grapes. Beside the inevitable lentils – Ustica’s Slow Food item – and extra virgin olive oil from Erice.

Margherita, Vito, you will be the first whom I will meet along my voyage, but it will be like coming back home

Posted on: 20.Mar.2018   Leave a comment