Elba & the Tuscan islands
As the Tyrrhenian Venus rose from the sea, according to legend, seven jewels, the Tuscan islands, fell from her tiara. Even today, the islands fascinate with their attractive bathing spots and unique nature.
Each of the islands, Giglio, Pianosa, Montecristo, Capraia, Giannutri, Gorgona and of course Elba, are a natural oasis unto themselves.
Numerous specialised animal species and plant varieties, which are only found on the Tuscan Archipelago, could evolve here thanks to the islands' isolation.
To protect the areas, the national park Parco Nazionale Arcipelago Toscano was created in 1996.
Paradise for water sport and swimming fans
Ancient cultures already knew to appreciate these islands. Historical buildings and ruins bear witness to the islands' interesting pasts and fascinate visitors today. Especially divers, sailors, hikers and swimming fans are pulled to the islands, which are worth discovering.
The mild climate, secluded bays and magnificent flora all make Elba an ideal destination. more
Crystal clear waters surround the second largest Tuscan island, almost 20 kilometres separate it from the mainland. In addition to beautiful beaches and excellent diving areas, Isola di Giglio offers wild nature, which is ideal for taking long walks and hikes. more
Even during the classical antiquity, the Island of Capraia, situated north of Elba, was lived on and fought over. It was used as a penal colony until the 1980s. Today, Capraia is an idyllic nature reservation, holiday island and diving paradise. more
The most northerly and at only 2,5 square kilometres, the smallest island of the Tuscan archipelago, Gorgona lies in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Unlike the neighbouring islands, Gorgona houses a high security prison to this day. more
For 150 years, the 10 squared kilometre large Island of Pianosa was a well-secured penal colony. Since the year 2000, monks on Pianosa have been practicing biological agriculture. The flatness of the island is almost striking; the highest point only reaches 30 metres. more
Shaped like a half moon, the island of Giannutri will bedazzle you with its unique underwater world and the ruins of imposing Roman villas. The rough rocky coast of the most southern Tuscan island sinks only twice, to form accessible bays. more
The legendary count is more famous than the island itself. Alexandre Dumas' novel The Count of Montecristo made the small island world-famous. In 1971, the uninhabited Isola di Montecristo was given protection as a nature reservation. more
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