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It is possible to visit Gorgona even if you're not a criminal, but some planning is necessary. Technically, a permit from the Italian Department of Justice is required to go ashore at Gorgona. Cooperativa del Parco Naturale dell'Isola di Gorgona, Via Santa Barbara 13, Livorno (tel. 0586/899760 or 0586/884522), holds a standing number of permits to the island and is the only authorized concessionaire for public tours and transit to the island. Italian-language tours (though you might have a guide who also speaks some English or French) go once per week (usually on Tues) in summer, less frequently in spring and fall, and almost never in winter. Groups are limited to 35 people and strictly supervised; penitentiary police escort you for the entire, naturalist-led hiking tour of the island. The only way to reach Gorgona is with the Toremar ferry (tel. 0586/896113; www.toremar.it) from Livorno, which stops at Gorgona one or two days a week (usually Tues or Fri) on its way to Capraia. The Livorno-Gorgona journey takes 1 1/2 hours each way. Add those travel times to some lengthy and challenging hikes of the island's interior, making a visit to Gorgona an all-day affair.

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