We want to visit the forbidden islands of Italy!


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In Spain, in France, in Croatia they have already done it. In Italy as usual we are short-sighted and it seems that we don’t give a damn about tourism. We are talking about a general reform of Italy’s protected areas/marine parks that would intelligently allow recreational boaters access to “prohibited” areas. Imagine being able to pass a buoy top and being able to spend a night in the small islands of the Tuscan Archipelago that are now banned from navigation and stationing: Montecristo, Pianosa, Gorgona. Exactly as can be done in Cabrera, in the small marine reserve island of the Balearic Islands.

Let’s keep imagining: how do we get to the hidden pearls of the Tyrrhenian Sea? Simply by booking the buoy on the Internet. Of course it is not cheap, 70 euros per night, but it is a sum well spent to spend a day with our boat in one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful places on the planet. When we arrive, we put in Montecristo’s Maestra cove, an inflatable boat from the reserve approaches and helps us cross the line into the buoy eye and then hands us a kit that contains information about places to see, how to respect the environment, what we can and cannot do going ashore. Exactly what happens today anchoring (yes, anchoring!) in the Calanques of Marseille, France.

Is ours a dream, a folly? No, it’s a reality that with a little good will, a desire to reset cretinous regulations, to sweep away petty power groups, would make usable enchanting places now “off limits”, it is not clear why. And we are not just talking about the small Tuscan islands of Montecristo, Pianosa, Gorgona, but also a good part of Giannutri, Capriaia just to stay in Tuscany. From memory then we recall absurd bans in the Egadi Islands and along the Ligurian and Tuscan coasts. Do you know what would then be the result of this liberalization of protected areas, besides the fact that we boaters would finally be able to visit them? The whole world would be talking about it, foreigners would be incentivized to keep their boats in our ports and not keep away as they do today.

What if then-but here we’re seeing the twists and turns-unique regulations were enacted for all Italian coasts that would allow us to anchor near coasts where there are no dangers because there is no one’s pipe, since they can only be reached by sea, then we Italians would be Nobel Prize winners….



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