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It was inhabited as early as 1500 BC as part of the Milazzo culture, similar to the Aeolian Islands. The town of Ustica was founded in the later 17th century. Its history is bound up with the Falconiera Fortress and the Santa Maria and Spalmatore Towers, built by the Bourbons to defend it from corsair raids.
It is the first Sea Reserve in Italy. In 1959, the International Exhibition of Underwater Activities was instituted here. In 1984, the International Academy of Underwater Science and Technology was founded here.
Churches (Palermo Diocese) include the following:
Families researched in those records include the following:
Links to other sites about Ustica include:
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