We visited the island of Ustica, off the coast of Palermo, for three nights after staying in a series of cities: Rome, Sorrento and Palermo. It is a beautiful place, small, friendly, and a great way to slow down after a busy itinerary that has been mainly in cities. It would also be a great place to visit if you want lots of down time and places to dive and snorkel. It is Italy's first marine preserve and home of the annual Underwater Photography Festival. There are nice hotels and restaurants. Sogni nel Blu was our choice. It is a family run hotel that is very relaxed and friendly, and very helpful. Highly recommended for a rural-beach getaway.
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