The Astragalus maritimus Moris is a tall herbaceous plant belonging to the Leguminosae family. It lives exclusively on the island of San Pietro which is why we have chosen it as the symbol for our logo. The plant was discovered for the first time on the island by the scholar Giuseppe Giacinto Moris in 1827. This rare and unique endemic species was originally described incorrectly by Moris because the sample plants were collected in January when they were not flowering. Only in 1970 was the plant found again by two botanists from the University of Cagliari, as part of a floristic study on the island of San Pietro, in the same location indicated nearly 150 years earlier by the botanical professor of Turin.
Since then there have been numerous studies and attempts to classify the Astragalus maritimus Moris with other plants, but almost all botanists agree that this plant is a separate species that lives in a restricted habitat (less than two hectares) where it seems it cannot expand. The presence of this particular species is still a subject of research and recent studies are trying to discover its origin. The prevailing hypothesis supports the presence of this species on the island from a very distant geological time, which would classify it as a paleoendemic species since it is impossible to place it among the modern species.
Astrgalus maritimus Moris is a perennial plant between 20 and 30 cm in height, with stems 10-15 cm long. The composite leaves are smooth on the upper surface and hairy underneath, and have an elliptical shape; on average each stem has about twenty leaves. According to the “Red List” of plants and animal species in danger of extinction, this plant is Critically Endangered due to the urbanization of the coastal areas by tourism and recreation, and changes in native species dynamics. These rare plants should not be disturbed or picked under any circumstances.
Link to Article - ASTRAGALUS, A UNIQUE PLANT
A beautiful soft white sand beach, located on the south western coast, near the area of Le Colonne and a few minutes from Carloforte.
La Bobba is sheltered from the northern winds, and it's the ideal beach in case of mistral wind. Framed by dark cliffs and Mediterranean scrub it has turquoise waters and shallow water, suitable for children.
It can be reached by following the coast road to the Caletta, taking a dirt road to the parking area.
The beach is equipped with secure parking, sandwich bar, a kiosk, dining area, and beach services like Continua...
A charming location, consisting of towering cliffs overlooking deep sea, composed of thousands of shades of green and blue, the Gulf of Mezzaluna offers a unique pebble beach, accessible only by sea.
On the eastern side, the Bue Marino cliff presents itself with numerous underwater caves, all at sea level including a large open cave with an arch shape.
The reef is reachable starting from the port of Carloforte, following the Provincial Road 103 heading south following the signs for the Golfo di Mezzaluna.
The coves can only be reached by sea.Continua...
Cantagalline is a tiny beach, discreet, hidden by trees at the foot of a hill, and unknown to most people. In fact, it is usually frequented by people from Carloforte and those who live nearby.
Is located north of the village, about 5 km from the center, taking the SP to La Punta, turning towards Taccarossa.
You can park close to the nearby Museo del Mare, a few steps from the beach .
There are no facilities, no lifeguard rescue, and no dining options.