A Bigger Splash
The island is one character more in the film A Bigger Splash, which came out this year. Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes star in a story of jealousy and intrigue, set in landscapes as abrupt and seductive as their relationships.
The Phoenicians called it Yrnm; the Greeks knew it as Kosyras; for the Romans it was Cossyra; while the Arabs preferred Bent-el-Rhia (daughter of the wind). This expression is still used today, although it has come to be called Pantelleria, a name of unknown origin. Its geographical position, 85 km from the Italian coastline and just 70 km from Tunisia, explains the Muslim influence, while its volcanic origins are what led it to become known as the black pearl of the Mediterranean.
Mountain formations, eroded coastlines, stone arches, tracks forged by lava, and thermal spaces are what comprise the landscape of Pantelleria. Montagna Grande Natural Park is considered the green heart of the island, with 600 different types of plant. The best way to fully appreciate the beauty of the island is to hike to the peak of the mountain, 836 m above sea level. From there, on one side you can see as far as the Strait of Sicily, while on the other, the African coast is dazzling at sunset.