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Italy’s best beaches-the rabbit beach on Lampedusa

August 27, 2011

Sapore di sale, sapore di mare, che hai sulla pelle, che hai sulle labbra quando esci dall’acqua e ti vieni a sdraiare

Time for some of the greatest beaches in Italy (and maybe even in Europe-sorry, Greece). La spiaggia dei conigli, or, in my own, rather literal translation-the rabbit beach.

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Oddly enough, it’s not the rabbits that make this beach extraordinary-it’s the caretta-caretta or loggerhead sea turtles.

This beach is one of the few rare places in the Mediterranean that still sees these marvelous creatures deposit their eggs. That means that if you’re really lucky, you might even get to see the little critters fight their way through the sand to that blue, transparent sea.

A loggerhead sea turtle in an aquarium tank swims overhead.  The underside is visible.

La spiaggia dei conigli is located on the island of Lampedusa, in the Agrigento region of Sicily.

Lampedusa is the southernmost summer resort island of Italy, the border between Europe and Africa.
In recent years there has been a massive and constant influx of immigrants who try to illegally enter the country by setting off in small boats from the coast of North Africa. And when you see the pictures-you can’t blame them!

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