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Do you know which Italy’s hardest place to visit is?

The answer is Montecristo. A maximum of 1000 visitors per year, a quota set by the EU to protect the island's environment, are allowed to step foot on the island

  • August 29, 2018 18:30
  • Author Olya Georgieva
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The idyllic Island of Montecristo in the Tuscan Archipelago is only open to tourists twice a year (between April 1st and April 15th and August 31st and October 31st) and under specific conditions. A maximum of 1000 visitors per year, a quota set by the EU to protect the island's environment, are allowed to step foot on the island. Six hundred of those places are reserved for students, meaning the waiting list to be one of the lucky 400 adults who see Montecristo can be very long. Requests for authorization to visit must be received by January 31st of each year for the current year.

The island is not served by scheduled ferries and therefore those who get authorization to visit must independently find a boat suitable to cover the approximately 40 nautical miles from the mainland. Before organizing transport however, visitors need to get authorization from the local branch of the police. Tourists who can't follow in the footsteps of antiquity and reach Montecristo can however still visit other islands in the Tuscan Archipelago. Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Pianosa, Gorgosa and Giannutri are all popular destinations where history and formidable natural landscapes meet.

Source: The Local



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