The Beach Madonna delle Grazie
A small, sandy and completely natural beach that stands out amidst the smooth, flat cliffs, wrongly called tuff, that many species of fish have made their home.
There are many grottos in the rocks around the bay that according to tradition, monks once used as shelters, or that fishermen once used for their boats.
The beach takes its name from the sixteenth century sanctuary at the top. Renovated recently, inside you can see the famous painting of the Madonna del Silenzio (Our Lady of Silence) that is thought to be have been done by Marcello Venusti, one of Michelangelo’s students.
The fine sands and pebbles beach has a rocky sea bottom that is perfect for doing snorkelling, and is exposed to south western winds. There is a breathtaking view of Golfo Stella with Monte Capanne in the background, and the Island of Pianosa with its wonderful sunsets can be seen on the horizon.
There is a bar/restaurant and a diving centre on the beach.
Follow the signs for Madonna delle Grazie – Innamorata as you leave Capoliveri, and after about 700 metres take the turning on your right to get to the beach. During the summer months the Capoliveri Town Council runs a bus shuttle service to and from the beach.