Nature and National Park
Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Giannutri, Gorgona, Montecristo and Pianosa are islands with an intriguing beauty and an appeal which is still highly contemporary.
Arranged in a semicircle in the northern Tyrrhenian Sea, Tuscany’s islands are said to have originated in a moment of carelessness on the part of Venus.
The story goes that seven pearls from the Goddess of Love’s necklace fell into the sea.
One pearl for each of the islands which make up the Tuscan Archipelago, assigned National Park status in 1996; it is Italy’s largest protected area to consist only of islands.
The 60 thousand hectares of protected sea, between Capraia, Giannutri, Gorgona and Pianosa, make the Tuscan Archipelago National Park the largest marine park in the whole of the Mediterranean.
On land, the protected areas total 18 thousand hectares.
The heart of the Park is Elba, the largest of the Tuscan islands.
The National Park is also an integral part of the International Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary: 96 thousand square kilometres of sea lying between Italy, France and the Principality of Monaco.