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Tuscan Archipelago >> Presentation
When the Thyrrenian Venus was born out of the foaming waves, the diadem that she wore was broken and all the disseminated pearls were transformed into the seven islands of the Tuscan archipelago. This is what the myth says about the creation of that what today is the biggest marine park of Europe, with more than 60.000 hectares of protected water around Capraia, Giannutri, Gorgona, Montecristo and Pianosa and 18.000 hectares of protected land which also covers the two biggest islands, Elba and Giglio. These seven islands are united by the water and divided by the deep differences caused by the many civilisations which have lived on this small surface, in the middle of the commercial and military routes and therefore often invaded and sacked by foreigners which have left enduring traces. The tourist can only visit the islands of Elba, Giglio, Giannutri and part of Capraia freely. There is still a penal settlement on Gorgona, and the whole territory of Montecristo is a national biogenetic park open only for study and research. The high-security prisons on Pianosa and Capraia were closed recently. These parts of the archipelago can therefore only be seen with guided tours or with special permits. Spring and autumn are definitely the best seasons to come here for an unforgettable holiday around the pearls of the Tuscan archipelago, when the sultriness is less evident, the landscapes virtually explode in colours, as the beaches are less crowded and the mild climate allows you to discover the less known parts of the Tuscan islands.
This is a paradise, not only for sun-bathers, but also for people who wants to take a long walk on the paths which go around the beautiful Mediterranean bush. Off course the water is the main attraction of the Tuscan archipelago, a water that varies and surrounds different coastlines, rocks and soundings, extraordinary clear water which features a vary animal and vegetation life. This is the Eden for divers or for anyone who loves to jump into the crystal clear water. For an alternative holiday, this is the ideal place for an environmental friendly stay. The Mediterranean bush covers the island, giving shelter to hares and the European wild boar, even though the avifauna is the main attraction. Ornithologists from all parts of Europe come here to study it. The traces of other civilisations which have lived here from the beginning of man's life is the last but not the least important tourist attractions. Beautiful remains of Roman villas and thermal baths can be seen here and there, watch towers, fortresses, castles and bastions are located on rocks, the tops and the creeks which show how the people of the Tuscan archipelago tried to defend themselves from the incursions of the pirates and the sacks of the Saracens. The many churches mark the history of the Christian hermits, but there are also buildings from the time when the Medici family governed and the glorious but torturous period of Napoleon who lived here in exile. The Tuscan Archipelago is able to satisfy any taste offering the typical holiday with sun and water and at the same time giving the possibility to satisfy the need for a different holiday, under banner of culture, art and nature.

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