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Santo Stefano is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the west coast of Italy, and part of the Pontine Islands. It has a circular shape, is less than 500 metres in diameter, and is located 2 kilometres east from the nearby island of Ventotene. Like the rest of the archipelago, the island was created by volcanic activity.
It is dominated by an old prison built by the Bourbons, completed in 1797 and in use until 1965. It has 99 cells 4.50m by 4.20m around a central watch-tower. Built for 600 inmates, it had 800 in 1817 (and 400 on Ventotene). People imprisoned included the anarchist Gaetano Bresci who killed King Umberto I in 1900. He was imprisoned there for a year before being found hanged in his cell. During the Fascist regime, other prisonners were the future President of Italy Sandro Pertini, Umberto Terracini, Giorgio Amendola, Lelio Basso, Mauro Scoccimarro, Giuseppe Romita, Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi.
The island has been uninhabited since the closure of the prison, except for tourists that visit by boat during the day.
The island Santo Stefano has had several names, such as Partenope, Palmosa, Dommo Stephane and Borca since Roman times.
40° 47' 81 N - 13° 26' 06 E
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