Pianosa Island

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.

The Romans left their mark on Pianosa with what are now ruins of a villa. In the Middle Ages, the naval powers Pisa and Genoa fought over the island, before it finally fell to Piombino.

Untouched nature

Until recently, boats had to observe a safety zone around the island. It was of course forbidden, to fish and dive in the surrounding waters. Because of this, nature has remained relatively untouched, Mediterranean macchia dominates the landscape.

Guided visit to the island

Today, the entire island is protected as a national park, but a certain number of visitors are allowed every day. It is possible to take a guided tour to explore the area where Mafiosi used to be sent to serve their sentences.

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Tip

Excursions to Pianosa are organised from Elba. The departure harbour is Marina di Campo.

Toremar travels to the island from Piombino.


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