Montecristo island: how to get there and visit this natural jewel

Montecristo islandIt is rightly considered one of the most beautiful and fascinating islands near Elba. Both because it’s an uncontaminated and wild place, enclosed and protected in the homonymous nature reserve. Both for the many legends around it. For these and for many other reasons there are always many people who wonder how to get there and visit the Montecristo island.


Zone with full protection

The Montecristo island is located in a protected area. To be precise:

  • 100% protection of the entire territory, including the African rock (also called the ant of Montecristo).
  • 100% protection of the sea up to 1 kilometer from the coast.

For these reasons, access is strongly regulated both by land and by sea. In particular, at sea there is an absolute ban on bathing and circumnavigation.


How to visit

Every year on the Montecristo island only a thousand visitors are allowed, of which:

  • 600 students;
  • 400 adults.

Excursions are allowed only from April 1st to July 15th and from August 31st to October 31st. And to visit it, it’s necessary to ask for a special permit from the Forestry Corps of the State of Follonica (GR). The time required for this permission is particularly long, so anyone planning to visit Montecristo should ask for it in advance.


How to get

Obtained the permission, Montecristo can be reached only with the help of the State Forestry Corps. The descent to the ground can only take place at the Cala Maestra beach and at the Museum.

It must also be considered that fishing, bathing and navigation within a thousand meters from the coast are forbidden. It is not possible to stay in Montecristo. And guided tours are held only along the three paths of the island.

The reason for so many restrictions to visit the Montecristo island? It’s easy to say: it’s a practically uninhabited place and that, thanks to this aspect, has allowed the flora and fauna to proliferate. And today Montecristo is an inestimable natural treasure, one of the most beautiful places on the Elba island and not only.


Further information

For more information about how to visit Montecristo, please refer to the official website of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park,


Image source: Di Allumeur – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

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