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About Capraia



Capraia is an Italian island, is the north-westernmost of the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, and the third largest after Elba and Giglio; it is also a comune (municipality) belonging to the Province of Livorno. The island has a population of about 400.

It is 62 km from the city of Livorno by sea, and 32 km northwest of the island of Elba; it is slightly closer (at 30 km) to the French island of Corsica. The island is accessible by ferries that depart from the port of Livorno,

Capraia is of volcanic origin, has an area of 19 kmĀ² and its highest point is 466 m above sea level. It is about 8 km long (from Punta della Teglia to Punta dello Zenobio), and about 4 km wide. It has a coastline that is about 30 km in circumference. The island is part of the Arcipelago Toscano National Park and marine sanctuary.

The island's small harbor, Porto di Capraia, connects to the village by the one and only asphalted road on the island. The village, dominated by the Fortress of St. George, preserves its original characteristics unaltered. Sites of tourist interest include the Church of the Assunta, the Church of St. Nicola and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Church and Convent of St. Antonio, and the Church of St. Stefano alla Piana. The Fortress is not open to visitors.

The island produces wine, and is a centre of the anchovy fishery. About 40 km to the north is the island of Gorgona, which is also famous for its anchovies. In the summer the island is also a popular stopping point for yachts sailing between Livorno, Elba, and