Surprise! There’s more to Tuscany than the rolling hillsides and beautiful towns. Head to the coast to get in touch with the Tuscan islands – choose one of the seven beautiful islands that make up the Tuscan Archipelago: Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Giannutri, Gorgona and the island of Elba.
The islands off Tuscany have some of the most natural, well-preserved flora and fauna in the entire country, with water so crystal you can view schools of fish clear to the bottom. They’re so beautiful in fact, that it is said they are gifts from the gods. Legend has it that when the beautiful Venus emerged from the sea, her necklace broke and seven pearls fell, forming the seven Tuscan islands.
The islands off Tuscany and their surrounding waters are under the protection of the Parco Nazionale Arcipelago Toscano, the first great marine park in Italy and the largest protected marine area in Europe, for their environmental value.
Local Bases: Scarlino