Alberese | Parco Naturale delle Maremma


Colline Metallifere

la costa Toscana

         Walking along the Tuscan coast

Crete Senesi

        Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore



Montagnola Senese

         Walking in the Montagnola senese


Monte Amiata





          Fonti di Siena

Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala



Val d'Elsa

          San Gimignano

Val d'orcia




          San Quirico d'Orcia


          Walking in the Val d'Orcia

Val di Chiana



Valle d'Ombrone








La Costa Toscana

Tox plaine de Linguizzetta et Montecristo vus depuis ND des Graces.jpg

Tox, Castagniccia (Corsica) - The island of Montecristo view from the chapel Notre-Dame des Grâces [1]


Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  

The island of Montecristo, view from the chapel Notre-Dame des Grâces, Tox, Castagniccia (Corsica)



Montecristo was made famous by the French novelist Alexandre Dumas in his classic The Count of Monte Cristo, a story of revenge, honour and buried treasure.

Montecristo is not easy to visit. Until a few years ago only scientists and park rangers could disembark at Cala Maestra, the island’s natural harbour, where boats are allowed to dock. It was open for guided tours only in 2008 but the number of visitors is limited to 1000 a year.[1]

The storyof The Count of Monte Cristo takes place in France, Italy, and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815–1839: the era of the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France.
Dumas arrived on the island in 1842, in the company of Napoleon Bonaparte's nephew. "It is fantastic and lonely, smelling of thyme and broom," he wrote, in a letter. He decided to write The Count of Monte Cristo to remind him of the trip. His hero, Edmond Dantes, discovers a pirate's treasure on the island after being tipped off by his companion in prison, Abbé Faria.
Dumas described the island at midday: "Thousands of grasshoppers, hidden in the bushes, chirped with a monotonous and dull note; the leaves of the myrtle and olive trees waved and rustled in the wind. "At every step that Edmond took he disturbed the lizards glittering with hues of emerald; afar off he saw the wild goats bounding from crag to crag."


Access Information and permission

Access by sea can take place only at Cala Maestra.

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  1. The Forbidden Island of Montecristo, Tuscany Retrieved 12.7.2016



Tox Montecristo depuis ND des Graces

Tox, Costa Verde (Corsica) - The plain of Linguizzetta and the island of Montecristo seen from the chapel of Our Lady of Grace,( Notre-Dame des Grâces) [1]







San Mamiliano


Monastero o Abbazia di Montecristo   Grotta di San Mamiliano o Grotta del Santo   Fortezza o Fortilizio di Montecristo

Ruins of the Monastery of San Mamiliano [2]


  Grotta di San Mamiliano on Montecristo   Fortezza o Fortilizio di Montecristo
The Count of Monte Cristo (film 1908)   Montecristo-2972   Montecristo

Hobart Bosworth (right) in The Count of Monte Cristo (film 1908)



Montecristo, an island of mysteries and one of Tuscany's hidden gems





Map of Montecristo | Map

[1] Photo by Pierre Bona, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.