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Isola di GORGONA >> Presentation
The smallest and the most northern island of the Tuscan Archipelago has a four-sided shape and is completely mountainous. Cala di Scalo and Cala di Scirocco are the only inlets which permit berthing and are located on the east part of the island. The west part of Gorgona features steep rocks that precipice in the water. Still today Gorgona hosts the penal settlement which was established in 1869 and is part of the administrative jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice. The imprisonment on Gorgona is probably the best thing that could happen to someone who has had problems with the law as the "cells" are actually comfortable apartments. The island hosts today 120 police officers and about 100 convicts, who restore old buildings, paths and roads and are involved in the revitalisation of activities such as ship-farming and handcraft.
The locals are fishermen who have not wanted to leave their island and they live in a small village located above the Scalo beach. Only a small number of visitors are allowed to visit the prison-island and only the Cooperative Parco Naturale is authorized to organise tourist visits, together with the agency Lipu that organises naturalistic visits. Due to the prison you have to go through some red tape before enjoying the marvels. You have to inform the administrative department of the prison at least 15 days before the visit and present your personal data. At the arrival the police will take you to land. Once on Gorgona you have to give your ID to the police that will keep it until departure. You are not allowed to wear arms and make photos and film sequences, use cell phones or other devices for radio-transmissions. It is forbidden to meet prisoners and to talk to them and you can not sell or buy anything from them. 2 guard will accompany you during your visit to see that you do not break the rules. But it is worth to go through this Decalogue of formalities in order to visit this island of the Tuscan Archipelago. Here, thanks to the prisoners work, the original characteristics are still preserved and Gorgona continues to show its wild and virgin face. The only settlements that testify the island's history are the Old Tower and the New Tower. The old Tower was built by the Pisans around the 12th century and is situated on the edge of a rock that precipices into the water at Costa dei Cantoni. The New Tower goes back to the period of the Medici family and was built in 1600 on the will of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. It was a prison for a long time, but was then abandoned and is now in decay. The Etruscans, the Romans and the first Christian hermits almost certainly lived here, but there are no traces left. Gorgona's treasure is the nature, which explodes freely far from the damage caused by man. The Mediterranean bush is luxuriant, but there are also pines and holm-oaks. The soundings of Gorgona, where the habitat has not been altered, are absolutely clear and feature a rich and varied fauna and flora.

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