The Stagnone di Capraia is the only natural reservoir in the Tuscan Archipelago; to get to this “little lake” set off from the main piazza in town, which is dominated by the Church of San Nicola. If you go in to the 18th-century church, you can see the three luminous naves, the stuccoes and the wooden choir from the 17th century.
You’ll then turn towards the Plain, a flat area around 2 kilometres outside the town, where you’ll come across the vineyards of a farm and the Church of Santo Stefano. The church was destroyed by the Saracens in the 9th century and rebuilt in the 11th century: all that remains of it today are the side walls and a part of the apse.
The Plain was the first inhabited settlement on the island, which was later destroyed by a Saracen raid around the 9th century. For over 200 years the island was abandoned and the new centre was established in a safer area where you can now find the Forte San Giorgio.