Island of Gorgona
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The Island of Gorgona can be reached by ferry, the crossing taking about 1 and a half hours. Cala dello Scalo is the only landing place, in fact it is the only area which can be reached by land. It is an ancient fishing village. Island of Gorgona is mostly mountainous and, for a large area, covered in Mediterranean maquis vegetation. Trees like olives, figs, chestnuts, oaks, cypresses and pines have been introduced and have become established on the island. Together with the islands of Capraia, Pianosa, Elba, Giglio, Giannutri and Montecristo, it forms the National Park of the Tuscan Archepelago. The island boasts a total of thirty inhabitants - all elderly fishermen. The sea around the island is sparkling clear with many varieties of marine fauna. The island's history has very ancient beginnings: there are signs of Etruscan and Roman settlements. Benedictine and Carthusian monks have in turn built monasteries there, and the Pisans the Torre Vecchia (Old Tower). Sites to visit include: la Torre Vecchia, la Torre Nuova (New Tower), la Torre dell'Orologio (Clock Tower), the small church of San Gorgonio, the Grotto of the Bue Marino (Sea Ox), the bays of Cala Scirocco and dello Scalo. When it became part of the new Kingdom of Italy, the little island became a penal colony in 1869, which is why visits are subject to a permit from the Direzione Generale degli Istituti di Prevenzione e Pena del Ministero di Grazia e Giustizia (Prison authorities and Ministry of Justice). Tours are organised by the Cooperativa Parco Naturale "Isola di Gorgona" and they are the sole agents of the Ministero di Grazia e Giustizia (Ministry of Justice).
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