In front of the Maremma coast we find the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo, Gorgona, Giannutri, are seven pearls of rare beauty, set in the Tyrrhenian Sea, which fell into the sea from the necklace of Aphrodite, Goddess of love and beauty, and turned into islands.
This is how we like to remember the birth of these wonderful islands, which since 1996 have formed the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, along with many large and small rocks. The islands of the Tuscan Archipelago are within the Pelagos Sanctuary for marine mammals, a marine protected area covering 90000 square kilometers, established through an agreement between Italy, the Principality of Monaco and France.
Each island is its own reality, with specific environmental and historical peculiarities. They follow one another along the entire Tuscan coastline while remaining not far from it; this characteristic has meant that they have been places of habitation or land exploitation since the earliest times, when navigation was done "by sight."
The island of Elba, the island of Giglio and the island of Capraia are the largest of the islands in the Tuscan archipelago. It is possible to go there year-round and spend multi-day, outdoor sports vacations. All three are characterized by pristine natural environments and villages rich in history. Within them they have a rich network of trails for hiking and biking. For trekking and MTB enthusiasts, the GTE (Great Elban Crossing) is a must-do itinerary. The coasts are rugged with white beaches and small coves, clear sea where sailing, surfing, kitesurfing, SUP, kayaking and unforgettable diving can be enjoyed.
The smaller islands, such as Montecristo, Gorgona, Pianosa and Giannutri, are the most fascinating and full of legends. They are mostly inaccessible because they are protected areas or penal colonies. Visits are limited in number and period and can be made only when accompanied by authorized guides.