Its own identity..

October 12, 2012 / Places
Capraia, Tuscany
While the same sea makes all of Italy’s islands feel familiar, or at least feel that they have a common origin, each and every one of them will be quite different from the next.

And sure enough, Capraia is one of many. It is as “Italian Mediterrranean island” as they come, yet at the same time unique. Two thirds of the way from Livorno to Bastia (in Corsica, France), it’s a common stopping point (and easternmost Tuscan archipelago island) for ferries and other watercraft navigating through the area.

And always has been… changed hands enough times that the local language became a mix of Genovese, French, Sardinian, Corsican, and Italian.

Its landscape and coast are unique too… you definitely don’t need a degree in geology to figure out that the island is of volcanic origin. Unfortunately, it’s likely the 16th century designers of the Genovese fort didn’t have one either. A good third of the castle took a dive in the 1970s, although it’s been shored up since.


by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

8 Responses to “Its own identity..”

  1. oops! Would have hated to be a little fishing boat down below when the fort went crumbling down.

  2. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Thank you GB! My family went camping there for a couple of days this summer and loved it. They were well looked after by a local skipper (nicknamed Captain Duck by the 4 year old) and had a boat tour around the island which included swimming in a grotto. I’m going next time!

    • GB

      Now I definitely have to go back… Let’s go together, Pat, and meet this Captain Duck fellow!


  3. Ah, the sea…so dramatic and alluring. Thank you for sharing – love seeing all the “faces” of bella Italia!

  4. I have not heard of this island, I will now go and do some research. Thank you for piquing my interest.

  5. marianna raccuglia

    Thank you, I enjoyed reading this article. I am so glad that I’m a subscriber!


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