Some History

The islands of La Maddalena Archipelago are scattered throughout one of the most fascinating seas of the world. Only in the mid-17th century, a small colony of shepherds coming from the nearby Corsica took possession of the archipelago, settling in particular in the mother island of La Maddalena. Till then, the islands were deserted. The only possible human presence in the archipelago dates back to the Roman military stations and to the monastery in Santa Maria Island of the mid-13th century. Interested by the incursions of the Barbary Corsairs, the islands of the archipelago had never been inhabited before the arrival of the shepherds from Corsica. In the middle of the Mediterranean and of the maritime trade, the importance of the whole archipelago has been fully acknowledged in the works by important authors, filmmakers, and protagonists of history who have left their mark on these islands, deeply influencing the whole historical life of the community of La Maddalena.

The Fortifications
For over two centuries, imposing sentinels of the archipelago. Authentic military architecture masterpieces, unmistakable local features. The space filled up by military structures in our territory is not the only one, although more than others it has been influenced by this presence. The central position of La Maddalena in the Mediterranean has transformed it into a military target since 1767, when the Sardinian-Piedmontese people decided to occupy it and transform it into a base for the ships of Regia Marina Sarda, which could better fight against the smugglers, against the Barbary Corsairs, and against the French in the waters of North Sardinia.
Underwater Archeology
La Maddalena has been inhabited for about 230 years. These islands, situated at the edges of Bocche di Bonifacio, have been known since ancient times, as demonstrated by archaeological and mythological evidences. Among the others, it is necessary to mention the Roman ship of Spargi, a particularly significant example of the archaeological finds coming from the submerged world of the Park, but also the precious and emblematic evidence of the passage of the most important navies of the world that have sailed these waters since ancient times.