island of Linosa, during the centuries had been called with different names.
Plinio the second called it " Aethusa " because of its
volcanic origin; later on it was named
" Lenusa ", then " Larniusa " and
finally " Algusa ".
last the Captain Sanvisente who got to the island with the first inhabitants
gave it the name of Linosa. It
is proved that the old Romans, then the Arabs and the Saracens were also
inhabitants of the island in the old days.
then the island was uninhabited and served as I bring of fortune of the
Mediterranean piracy. In 1839 the Borbonic government
had decided to colonize the island of Linosa. A first nucleus of
people made up of some families from Ustica, Agrigento and Pantelleria
were sent to Linosa.La Russas, Cavallaros, Tuccios, Bonadonnas and
Remirezs were some of the families who sailed on to Linosa island with
Captain Sanvincente, in order to create a community 25/04/1845. At
first they found shelters in caves in the mountains. They took advantage of
the ancient cisterns of the old Romans and they easily started to collect
the rain water for agriculture and for themselves.
the ' 60 with the unity of Italy the political situation changed. Linosanis
had to face with hard times. The inhabitants thanks to marriages among the
same members raised, reaching a population of about 480 inhabitants.
From the years 60s the situation in linosa got better. In 1963 was
established the first telephone cable by SIP. In the years 67 thanks to
SELIS built the first electricity station. In the years 68 a baby shelter
devoted to Pietro Taviani was inaugurated as well and so the Elementary
School. In the ' 73 the construction of a dissalator assured a continuous producing of drinkable
water. In the 76s the RAI antenna was installed in order to watch RAI
international channels. Other kind of antennas just to receive more channels
were put up in the later years: one of these were FININVEST. Then 3 major
habors were also built in the island and so the ship could easily enter the
port. The situation in Linosa is improving day by day despite we have to
face and solve many other problems.