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The treasure of Montecristo it is just a  legend or reality?

Written by Redazione , 09/07/15

The treasure of the Spada family was already a legend two hundred years ago. It is thanks to this treasure that Edmond Dantès (aka the Count of Montecristo) consumed his inexorable revenge.

This occurred even before the Monastery of San Mamiliano -  which is located on the homonymous island of Montecristo on the Tuscan archipelago - was destroyed by the Corsair Dragut, and the monks then hid it at the bottom of a cave.

Hunting for treasures on the Island of Montecristo

Almost two centuries after the novel was written, the Island of Montecristo - in ancient times known as Oglassa -  continues to exert charm and mystery to whomever approaches it. It is considered the most solitary, wild and inaccessible of the Tuscan islands.  In fact, it attracts and repels those who have the privilege of visiting it (only a thousand people a year), without ever fully revealing its secrets.

It is definitely a jewel for a select few and a paradise of biodiversity. Montecristo exhibits itself to strangers only in daylight, while it is prohibited to spend the night there. Once you arrive in Cala Maestra, it is possible to visit the nineteenth-century Villa Reale, the Botanical Garden and the Museum of Natural History. You can do so by following a usable but impervious path that overlooks the sea and is located amongst tall vegetation and blocks of pink granite.

It seems that the island also "seduced and abandoned" Agatha Christie who  was tempted to set one of her best-known novels -  Then There Were None -  right in Montecristo.

Umberto Eco wrote that “on the one hand, The Count of Montecristo is certainly one of the most exciting novels ever written and, on the other hand, is one of the worst written novels of all time and for all literature in general”. It is undeniable although regarding a sense of mystery and anxiety, that the Island has nothing to envy from other literary settings. It is worth visiting at least once in your life.

The trunk was divided into three parts: in the first there were shining golden shields with yellow reflections; in the second non-burnished gold bars but they were orderly arranged; in the third - which was half-full -  Edmond removed and raised the diamonds, pearls, and rubies in handfuls which seemed like sparkling waterfall, and made the sound of hail when it hits glass ... "
(The Count of Montecristo, A. Dumax)

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