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Linosa, which is little more than a volcanic rock, came up from the sea bed through successive eruptions, in the course of millennia, in the "fire line" of the Italian geological system. Totally different from nearby Lampedusa, a calcareous offshoot of the Tunisian plateau (indeed, with the nearby rock Lampione, geologically it is unquestionably part of the African continent), it is the  emerging tip of a submerged volcano going down to a depth of 1000 metres. The coast is very jagged and dark, while inland there are fertile plains around three craters - Monte Rosso, Monte Nero and Monte Vulcano. The natural environment, both terrestrial and maritime, has remained practically intact and is extremely charming.