The island of San Pietro is the only place in the world where this small and rare beetle can be found. Unlike other cicindele, the Cicindela campestris saphyrina has a bright livery of a distinctive electric blue color, tending toward violet, and speckled with just a few yellowish white dots. This Cicindela is considered by all entomologists and enthusiasts to be the most beautiful of the 17 species of Cicindela in Italy. Like all cicindele, the saphyrina has a large head with big, bulging eyes and strong jaws. Males are slightly smaller than the females. Another difference between the female and male, is that on the female’s forewings there is a black mark (one on each forewing), that is absent in the male.
This beautiful endemic species was discovered in 1836 by the director of the zoological museum in Turin, Carlo Giuseppe Gene (the same scholar who studied and classified the Eleonora’s Falcon). Numerous researchers and lovers of entomology have come to the island to search for this unusual insect, and among them was one of the greatest German writers of the twentieth century, Ernest Jünger. In his many stays on the island (he spent parts of his vacation here for nine years), he was never able to find the saphyrina beetle but nevertheless recorded his impressions of Carloforte and the island in admiring prose.
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A very simple delicious dish, this traditional Carloforte recipe is based on onions.
The preparation is very simple. Prepare white onions for cooking by removing the papery outer layer and washing them. Cut them in half vertically, but leave the root portion intact. Boil them gently in water for about five minutes. Drain and carefully separate the outer layers from the center, reserving the outer layers for stuffing later.
Boil unpeeled potatoes until tender and drain. Peel and mash the potatoes into a puree, and add bea Continua...
Driving around the island visitors can see the different aspects of the rocks that arise from a number of various geological events that, during the millenniums, have defined the original profiles of the coast. Therefore, fans of geology will appreciate the features of the rocks and the history of the origin of the island of through this detailed technical report.
The island of San Pietro was formed between 18 and 13 million years ago by intense volcanic activity, both effusive and explosive, whose products can currently be seen on the entire island. Until today many rock types have been recognized as both lavic Continua...
Geniò is a small cove characterized by rocks and coarse sand, in which stands the homonymous rock, near Le Colonne.
It is a beach suitable for children with shallow and safe waters. A bit beyond the shore the depths are stunning, suitable for underwater fishing and diving.
It can be reached from the port of Carloforte taking the SP 103 out of the harbor. The directions to reach it are visible along the roadway.
The beach doesn't have a controlled parking and there are no dining options. There is no lifeguard rescue. Suited to all Continua...