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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The Oasis IN LIPU of Carloforte covers an area of 236 hectares in the western part of the island and about 7 km of coastline.
The cliffs overlooking the sea in this area are very high, forming a plateau 130 meters high with deep coves like Cala Vinagra and Cala Fico. This unique and fascinating wild environment is the breeding ground of a very rare species: the Falco della Regina (Queen's Hawk), an extraordinary bird of prey that only reproduces on the sheer cliffs of Mediterranean sea islands.
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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...
Situated between La Punta and Tacche Bianche, immersed in tuff rocks, Cala Lunga beach looks like a cliff that descends in the sea.
From May to early July, it's possible to observe the nets offshore being used to catch the tuna.
Its deep waters are particularly suitable for diving enthusiasts.
It lies along the coastal road 101 which leads from the harbor of Carloforte to the northern end of the island. The entrance of a dirt road will signal the entrance to the beach.
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