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Capraia Island

Capraia is an island of the Channel of Corsica, it has volcanic origin and is very far from the continent: it is indeed nearer to the coast of Corsica than to Tuscany. It has high and rocky coasts, lacking of beaches, and a small lake in the hills. On the southern coast, the rests of an ancient volcano are visible: it exploded in a remote age, it has left rocky walls of different colours, from red to black. In the north there are wider coves, as Cala del Porto, Porto Vecchio and La Mortola; the last one is a big sandy bay that has the only beach of the island. The 350 inhabitants of the island reside in Capraia Isola, where you can visit the church of San Nicola who, according to tradition, dues its name to the wooden statue of San Nicola found in the sea, and Pieve of Santa Maria Assunta, built by the Pisani in the 9th century, that is situated where there once stood the old port, abandoned because of the pirate raids. In this church there is the wooden statue of Our Lady that every year, on 15th August, is brought along the roads of the town, during the procession, to the church of San Nicola.

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