WHEN I GOT THERE, I was speechless! I had been in Sicily so often, been on the other islands around this big island, Italy in general was a favourite travel destination since my very early days. But I had, until recently, never heard of the Aegadian Islands, shortly called Egadis. There are three main island, off the western tip of Sicily, in looking distance from each other, and all in clear visibility, even at bad weather, from either the towns of Marsala or Trapani. What amazed me especially was the existence of cultivated landscapes, presenting mountains, valleys, meadows, fields, gardens, villages, sandy and rocky coastlines, secluded bays, open harbours, archeology, architecture and religiosity. And – unbelievable beaches, with the crystal-clearest water in the Mediterranean Sea, at least around Italy. It reminded me of Bora-Bora, but more deserted than French Polynesia most of the time, and less risky. What a discovery so near!