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Stagnone, the only natural body of water in the Tuscan Archipelago

One of the most hidden beauties of the island of Capraia is the Stagnone,
also called “Laghetto” by its inhabitants, and very popular with hikers.

The Stagnone is the only natural freshwater lake, found all year round,
 on the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. It extends over an area of almost half a hectare, and is located 319 metres above sea level, between Monte Forcone and Monte Rucitello.

The lake is of considerable naturalistic interest because it is home to rare plant species that are endemic to the Sardinian Corsican area. It is also a habitat of fundamental importance, as a resting place for numerous migratory birds arriving from Africa, in spring – making it an ideal place for birdwatchers. Another must-see, in spring, is the spectacle of the
flowering of the Buttercup of Baudoti, whose flowers cover the
 entire surface of the Stagnone.

The Stagnone can be reached by following the 7 km long ring-route, which starts in the main square of Capraia.

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