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Coastal Tuscany: Elba Island and the Monte Argentario Peninsula, Italy

42.4N 11.1E

September 20th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Italy - July 26th, 2009

Two interesting features can be noted near and along the coast of Italy: the island of Elba (near left edge) and the Monte Argentario peninsula (below center).

Elba is part of the Italian region of Tuscany and is situated between the Tyrrhenian Sea and Ligurian Sea, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the coastal town of Piombino.

It is the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, and the third largest island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia. The island’s terrain is quite varied, with mountains in the west, while the central part of the island is a mostly flat.

Monte Argentario is a peninsula and municipality that is also part of Tuscany, located about 150 km south of Florence and about 35 km south of Grosseto. The landscape and the coast are mainly rocky.

The peninsula is connected with the mainland by three dams which form two lagoons, the Laguna di Ponente on the west side and the Laguna di Levante on the east side of the middle dam.

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