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Isola di Montecristo: a wonderful source of literary inspiration
Situated in the Tuscan Archipelago, Montecristo island has inspired adventurous legends and it still remains a territory rich in mystery; perhaps so, because it is not easy to reach and visit.
The island was the source of inspiration for Le Comte de Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Wild and silent, it was the perfect scenery for the intricate plot of this famous literary masterpiece.
The Isola d'Elba, an amazing island situated between the Tyrrhennian and Ligurian Sea, is the largest of the Tuscan Archipelago. It can be easily reached from Piombino with both Toremar and Moby Lines ferries.
There is also an airport on the island, Marina di Campo, that is served by Intersky for international flights (to Friedrichshafen, Munich and Zürich), and ElbaFly for national routes.
The Aeolian Islands or the Lipari Islands is an archipelago of volcanic islands located north of Sicily. The Islands are known to be a very popular tourist destination during summer, and attract more than 200,000 visitors each year. The islands had been declared a world heritage site in the year 2000 because of their unique geological features. There are 8 main islands which make up the archipelago.
Salina is the second largest in the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands and is quite different in landscape than the rest of the islands. Due to its numerous fresh water springs, the island is quite green. The island is listed in the UNESCO world heritage list due to its volcanoes. The island is composed of six different volcanoes, and the two most important ones are Monte Fossa Delli Fecci and Monte dei Porri. Both of these volcanoes are quite well preserved. The island is made up of three small towns and some villages and the population of the entire town is approximately 4000.
Lido is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon and a very popular place among those who want to escape the chaos and the crowds of the city. Although not many people know of Lido, it is quite trendy and upscale without being overcrowded. Most visitors visit Lido as a day excursion to explore some of its charming streets and handsome mansions.
La Maddalena is an island located in northern part of Sardinia in Italy. The island is not very heavily populated and is a part of the province of Olbia-Tempio. It is a commune and the largest city on the island is the La Maddalena town. The island is quite famous for its beautiful beaches and has a rocky terrain. There are several ancient ruins and some fortifications that are still left on the island.
Lampedusa is an island located in the Pelagie group of Islands in Sicily in Italy. The island is the largest one in the group of islands and is the southernmost island in Sicily; it is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The island is only 3 Km wide and is 12 Km long. Lampedusa has a very vibrant culture and a historic past since over the centuries it had been inhabited by quite a lot of different nationalities and tribes including the Romans, Arabs and Greeks.
Murano is a small island in the Venetian lagoon in Italy. Although it is described as in island, it is in fact a series of small islands which are joined together with bridges. The island is mainly famous for its glass work and especially for its beautiful lamps. Murano was once a commune but is now it falls under the jurisdiction of Venice. It is believed that the island was first inhabited by the Romans, like most places in Italy. And it was in 1291 that the Venetian glass makers were forced to move to the island due to the risks involved in the process.
Giudecca is a small island located in the Venetian lagoon in Italy. Guidecca has a laid back and a relaxed lifestyle and a distinctive village like atmosphere. Even though the island is a neighborhood of Venice, it is still quite different from the more popular part of the city and is not yet as crowded with tourists as Venice is.
The archipelago of La Maddalena is comprised of 7 major islands known for their exquisite natural beauty and splendor with crystal clear waters, coves and bays along with blue cliffs. Caprera, La Maddalena, Santa Stefano, Budelli, Razolli, Spargi including Santa Maria along with around 60 small islands make up this archipelago. All of these islands are known for their scenic landscape and beaches which is a major attraction for the tourists visiting this place.
Procida is one of the smallest islands located along the Gulf of Naples and has some nice attractions for visitors, which includes some ancient excavations belonging to this region. This Phlegrean Island along southern Italy can be found in between Cape Miseno and Ischia island. Many tourists come to this spot to visit some of the old archeological findings, which are known to have a Greek origin. It has been a favorite spot of movie directors where scenes for The Postman and The Talented Mr. Ripley were shot.
Among the Aegadian islands, Marettimo is the second largest island known for its natural beauty, which attracts visitors coming to this scenic spot. This island is located across the West coast of Sicily at a distance of around 40 kms surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. The clean and unspoilt beaches along with the scenic beauty of the mountains here offer lot of opportunities for exploring this island. This island is quite remote and offers lot of peace and tranquility amidst its pristine surroundings.
Levanzo, one of the most beautiful islands is located close to Trapani and it is known to be the smallest of islands among the Aegadian islands. It is the one of the major tourist attractions known for its natural charm and beauty as compared to most of the other islands. Levanzo is surrounded by the blue green waters of the Mediterranean Sea along the north of Favignana close to Sicily.