Pianosa, 57034 Campo nell'Elba, Province of Livorno, Italy
Escape to Pianosa PrisonA quick boat ride from Marina di Campo in Elba Island will bring you away from the summer's crowds straight to Pianosa Island.
Once the location of a maximum-security prison holding particularly dangerous mafiosi, it is now a marine protected area. Just like any paradise however, only few are allowed entrance. 100 people are permitted daily in scheduled tours or with pre-requested permits to preserve the island's ecosystem.
Only in a piccolo paradiso like this one would the ex-convicts decide to remain when their time was up – Giuseppe, our barista, happened to be one of them!