Lampedusa is an Italian island well into the Mediterranean and off the coasts of Tunisia. It is the southernmost tip of both Italy and Europe. It has a rugged coast to the north, where cliffs jut from the sea, and more hospitable terrain to the south, where the bays have for millenia sheltered the ships coming from anywhere in the Mediterranean.
It is a place for Italian tourists, who flock its beaches well into the fall, so mild is its climate.
It is beautiful and wild - dry and not very hospitable, which probably contributed to keeping it somehow still pristine. On one of its beaches the Loggerhead turtle comes to nest.
Lampedusa's allure is not all about tourism, though. Since the end of the last century it has been the destination for thousands of migrants who, leaving from northern Africa, would try to reach Europe - many of them dying on route. So that nobody remembers their plight, I have made two slideshows about this on Jux. Please follow these links:
Le Carrette del Mare - Shipwrecks at the port in Lampedusa.
The Door to Europe - Art at the southernmost corner of Italy - a door to welcome immigrants.