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Tuscan Archipelago >> History
"Today and the Penal Settlements"
From that very moment the islands of the Tuscan archipelago started to be used as penal settlements, lodging criminals and political victims of persecution from the whole Europe. Pianosa became the first penal settlement of Italy in 1856 and was followed by Capraia in 1873.
From the Prehistoric Era
to the Etruscans
From the Roman Period
to the "signorie"
From the 16th Century
to Napoleon
The short-sighted policy of the Italian State has continued on the same path, using the jewel of the Tuscan archipelago to recover criminals. This is the reason why it is still partly forbidden to visit these islands. During the 20th century the destiny of the biggest island has depended on the development of the important iron metallurgy plant in Portoferraio, which has afflicted the island with a layer of black smoke and iniquitous dust for many years. Today economic efforts are made to enhance the tourism and protect this incredible ecosystem. Perhaps this is the right way towards a sustainable development.

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