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Isola di Capraia

Capraia Island: sea and sport

Itineraries to discover nature and history

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Fortezza San Giorgio - Punta Bella Vista - Lo Zurletto
From the Forte Saint Giorgio, we can see the water well and irrigation channels, the buildings of the guards, the large bastions, and the walkway that ends at the Bagno Tower. The grassy terrace of the "Piscina" is a splendid bird-watching post. A must-see view can be had from the Bellavista "terrace" that overlooks the western side of Monte Campanile. The Cala dello Zurletto boasts crystal clear waters and is characteristic of the sea surrounding Capraia.  

Laghetto - Monte Le Penne - Colonia Penale Agricola - Il Laghetto
This is certainly the most interesting and evocative itinerary on the island. Along the old muletrack, through a tunnel and through the thick Mediterranean scrub in Erica and Corbezzolo, you will arrive in Acciattore. Here you'll find wild rosemary, Asfodelo and interesting Sardinian and Corsican endemisms.

Suddenly, if you turn around, you'll see a wonderful view of the small lake, called 'Laghetto'. It is the only natural water basin in the Tuscan Archipelago. In the springtime, it is covered in white flowers of the aquatic ranunculus plant. A small path along the coast leads to Monte Le Penne, which gives great views of Corsica and the other islands.  

At this point, you are at 420m above the sea. Before reaching the rocky cliff of Penne there is a small pathway that leads to the north from the western coast: this is were the penal colony, the Sella dell'Acciattorela Colonia Penale Agricola, has stood for a century.

A beautiful ring itinerary allows visitors to cross the thick and wild Mediterranean scrub to enjoy stunning views of the island. Across the wall that 'symbolically' defined the area of the jail, the pathway leads downhill to the first construction of the Lavanderia. From there, the dirt road leads to the port.   

Monte Arpagna – Punta del Trattoio
The ancient stone multitrack leads to two ancient military edifices: "Alloggio del Capo ", which has become a pile of ruins today, and the "Alloggio dei Marinai". In front of the road is the iron edifice, called "Semaforo", located on top of Monte Arpagna. It was once used as a look-out point by the military. 

From Arpagna, the views are splendid: the robust Zenobito Tower (1545) is made entirely from laic material from the the area. From here, you can also see the outline of Monte Capanne on Elba Island. From here,  a rather high section of Mediterranean scrub leads to the Trattoio Lighthouse, where visitors can admire the wild, western coast of the island, the small island of Peraiola, and the grottos of Cala del Vetriolo. From this point, can also reach the seaside at Cala delle Cote.

L’Aghiale – Punta del Dattero
This is a path made of panoramic hairpin bends that overlook the bay and the port of the town. It leads to the northern part of the island that was occupied until 1986 by a penal colony. You will pass several areas: the "Aghiale" that contained the prison cells, the cafeteria and the apartments for the guards, the stables, and hen house in the area of Portovecchio, l’Ovile, the Large Gardens: a valley that has centuries-old,monumental walls. The views from the island are interesting from a naturalistic point of view, but are also characterized by the mystery and solitude that the now abandoned buildings evoke. From the last "section" of the jail that was built, called Mortola, visitors can walk along a path that leads to the Punta del Dattero ('Dattero Point'). From the high, rocky cliff overlooking the sea, visitors can see the island of Corsica, an array of seagulls, bushes of wild rosemary and mint and sometimes moufflons. The best time to enjoy this view is at sunset, on June 21, also the summer solstice and the most beautiful day of the year.