Immersed in the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea, between the Tuscan coast and Corsica, Pianosa, with its maximum altitude of 29 metres, rests on the water like a leaf. Just like in other cases of former prison islands, Pianosa has also conserved its nature intact after its prisons closed down thanks to the Arcipelago Toscano National Park. Still today, access to the island is reserved to a limited number of people. Visits and hikes on the island are only possible accompanied by a guide and must adhere to strict rules in order to protect the environment. With the support of the guides, visitors can hike through nature both on the coast and inland.
Visitors walk in the shade of the characteristic dry stone walls, immersed in the Mediterranean scrub, between the ex-prison outposts, or discover the island’s geological origins and the history of the formation of its fossils, admiring the little cliffs that descend into the crystal-clear sea. Toward the south of the island, visitors can embark upon a hike that explores the ancient paleontological history of Pianosa, visiting the grotto in the Bay of Biagio where pre-historic tools were discovered and reconstructed models of artefacts can be found. For lovers of archeology-related hiking, it’s possible to reach the ruins of the villa of Agrippa Postumus, around Giovanna Bay, where, after a good walk in the summer season, visitors can dive into the blue waters of the bay.