Gorgona is the smallest island of the Tuscan Archipelago and although it's a jewel, it's a "prohibited island". The population of about 300 people is composed mostly of prisoners and even though a ferry leaves from Leghorn twice a week to go there, it is extremely difficult to visit Gorgona. Practically, before giving you any hopes, we want you to know that you can request an invitation from one of the 50 inhabitants of the island and then you're sure to go. This is the only guaranteed way. Eventually you can also request a permit from the ministry of Justice through the Direction of the States Penitentiary Unit. Keep, in mind: Gorgona is still today a state prison.
How to get thereFrom Livorno's Porto Mediceo, in front of the "4 Mori" statue, a ferry leaves on Monday and Saturday at 8/8.30 a.m. and reaches Gorgona 1 hour later. Then the ferry leaves from Gorgona in the late afternoon and you'll be in Livorno again around 7 p.m.. The ticket is 22€ back and forth. Ask for a formal invitation to the Comitato Abitanti Isola di Gorgona, cell: +39 347.9372251, email: email@example.com During your visit with a local guide you'll walk throughout the island, have a picnic, swim in the crystal clear waters and cruise around Gorgona on a small boat.
Rules to visit the island
- You must follow the guide (cannot walk alone!)
- You must bring your document (i.e. passport, Identity Document for European Union citzens) and a proof (email, written request) of the invitation by one of the inhabitants og th island
- Remember to bring a bottle of water
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Bring binoculars