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Ventotene and Santo Stefano Islands Nature Reserve

Protected area in Lazio, Italy
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Ventotene and Santo Stefano Islands, tiny islets in the very middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea, are a real paradise for nature enthusiasts. Not only are they sites of fundamental importance for migratory birds, but thanks to their unique marine life this is also one of the best places to scuba dive in Europe.

🀿 Tour: Dive into the Natural Wonders and History of the Pearls of the Pontine Islands

The experience opens visitors' eyes to the many natural and cultural wonders of the Pontine Islands as seen through the lens of the protected area itself.

From snorkelling and observing biodiversity in the Cala Nave to hand picking ingredients for traditional dishes and a guided visit to Santo Stefano Island and its abandoned panopticon prison.

Guests will be immersed in the rich natural history of the park and have the exclusive opportunity to contribute to the Citizen Science conservation project on marine life.

Visitors will also have a chance to take in the incredible culture through guided visits with local experts to the Roman Cisterns, Villa Giulia and try local wine.

♻️ MEET Network ecotourism model

The multi-day ecotourism experience, Dive into the Natural Wonders and History of the Pearls of the Pontine Islands, developed and managed by the protected area in collaboration with K’Nature was created using the MEET Network ecotourism Model during DestiMED PLUS project.

Using the MEET Model the protected area and K’ Nature tour agency were able to prioritise sustainability, quality and leaving a positive social impact from the initial stages of designing the product. Choosing a well-established Bed and Breakfast that resides within the protected area and is environmentally-conscious supported this; as did using local companies, such as local boat agencies and tour guides, wherever possible.

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πŸ“Ή Video credits: Green Traveller
πŸ“Έ Photo credits: K' Nature, Catherine Roberts

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Hello, Carla from the MEET Network here!

Have you ever heard of Ventotene and Santo Stefano?🌊 Although small, these islands are full of history and nature's wonders. They are an ideal spot for travellers looking for some down time, for foodies and for bird lovers!

I could spend a long time telling you all about the wonders and authenticity of this place, but I think it's better if one of the travellers that have experienced it tells you herself! Grab a cup of tea/coffee/favourite drink and get ready to watch this vlog from Laura Bronner πŸŽ₯

3 months ago (edited)