Capraia is an island uncontaminated, surrounded by the wilderness, and its village is a true paradise outside the boundaries of time. The island of Capraia, which has been part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park since 1996, is the ideal destination for a romantic getaway or for anyone who loves the sea: there are countless opportunities to enjoy diving, snorkelling, boat trips and jaunts to delightful coves or enchanting beaches.
The island was named Aegylon by the Greeks in around 1000 BC, translated as the "place of goats". The name Capraia, from the Latin Capraria, derives from the Etruscan word capra which, contrary to what one might think, actually means “rock”. Although the similarity between the words suggests a different meaning, its etymology alludes to the island’s volcanic origin and its harsh and rocky landscape.
The volcanic soil, which was once covered by thick woodland, is now full of typical Mediterranean scrubland. Once on the island, the smell of myrtle and the colourful strawberry tree fruits will immediately entice you. The vegetation consists mostly of pines, holm oaks, wild oleander and a few cork trees.