Parco Nazionale Asinara, Porto Torres

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Try to spot the famous white donkeys at Parco Nazionale Asinara, a national park that comprises the island of Asinara and its coastal waters. Often called Devil's Island, this has served as a quarantine area, World War II prison camp, and one of the most important high-security prisons in Italy during the 1970s. Learn more about these periods at the Fornelli visitor center, and see the former prison. You can wander the island's rocky cliffs, wide bays, and beaches. Stroll through the small fishing village of Cala d'Oliva, and stop for lunch. Book your visit here through an agency, because only licensed boats may sail around the coast. Many of these also offer guided tours. Make Parco Nazionale Asinara a centerpiece of your Porto Torres vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Porto Torres itinerary builder.
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  • I have visited the island on 2 January and can say it is a very special experience ... A must do! The landscapes are lovely animals roam unmolested and also the variety of flora is amazing! Our guide, John, that I still want to thank, explained every detail without ever get bored but rather giving the initial enthusiasm and fostering understanding of that delicate ecosystem and its rich history between legends and reality! An unforgettable excursion! Consigliatissimaaaa
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  • Wonderful island, easily accessible by boat from Stintino. The Park is well maintained from the naturalistic point of view, although many of the facilities of the old jail should be rearranged. Overall worth the effort to visit the island.
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  • Now the Asinara Island former prison, we said everything there was to say, amazing sea, pristine nature around, so you can see both in the water and out many species of plants and animals, etc ... but the Asinara is also culture. Throughout the spring and summer there are held many cultural events, such as book presentations, films, meetings with people of entertainment, music, and then those long evenings, as the sun sets, characterized by these events, which are usually housed in the courtyard of the jail in order to make it even more fascinating and unusual. This year there were dozens and dozens of these initiatives and has always been a really big success, underlined especially from the large audience. Unfortunately there is to experience a downside in my opinion, and not just hear a lot of comments, which once again confirms the rudeness and incivility of the people determines that such important initiatives leave a mark. On 20 August took a beautiful show, very appreciated, followed by a short movie on the permanence of judges Falcone and Borsellino on the island when instructed the maxi trial against the mafia, even this very touching. The sides of the square of the prison there was a banquet with drinks and more, and next to a row of bins for separate waste collection ... to throw bottles and butts had only to stand up and do ten metres! Instead: at the end of it all, relit the lights, glancing at the ground, you noticed a lot of butts, many cups and plastic bottles and more ... But, is it possible that you come to that point? Don't have respect even for a situation and a place like this? Why is not banned smoking in the Asinara island? The rest is a National Park, and must be protected. Upon returning, sitting quietly in the ferry with his arm out the window, view the night hot and no wind, I heard something that touched me and that fell inside ... was a butt still on they had thrown from sopra...............in sea!!! At this point it seems to me the least define rude and uncivilized these "gentlemen", and it is logical that you just have to fight them in their inborn ignorance. Visited on August 20, 2016
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