The Island of Capraia, Isola di Capraia, is the third large island of the Tuscan Archipelago. Its area is approximately 20 square kilometers. There are about four hundred permanent residents on the island. While a tourist season, its population can become ten times larger.
The island of Caparaia used to be a prison. At first sight, it seems to be an inaccessible cliff. However, even approaching the port you can feel the full charm of the island. Capraia welcomes you with flowers and spices. After the prison was closed in 1989, Caparaia became a part of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago.
Magnificent landscape of the island was created by volcanic eruption. Sullen volcanic rocks neighbor spacious flower fields. In summer, visitors are charmed by fragrance of heather, oleander, and myrtle.
To see all the beauty of Capraia, you should make rather a difficult ascent on the 450-meter Mount Castello. All difficulties of going up will be generously compensated by stunning scenery. Besides the ascent, there are such activities as walking, riding a horse, boating on the island. Diving classes are available. Keep in mind that enjoying yourself on the only beach of the island is possible if weather conditions are fine.
The only freshwater lake on the Tuscan archipelago, Lago Laghetto, is located in the middle of the island. It is the environment for various species of birds.
The main haven of the island is located in a bay facing the continental Italy. While in summer, it becomes the landing for yachts and sightseeing boats which deliver tourists for a one-day tour. Travelers who want to spend a vacation on Capraia can find accommodation at cottages, guest houses and a tiny hotel.
Chiesa dell Assunta Chapel towers above the harbor entrance on a steep cliff. The impressive Fort of San Giorgio is among the sites of the island. It has five defensive towers. The Fort of San Giorgio was built in the XII century, though it has preserved in a good conditions until nowadays.
You can visit the island of Capraia by taking a ferry from the city of Livorno, which will last approximately two hours and a half.