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Italy: Prison Island of Gorgona

Series: "Small Worlds" Part 5 - Most former prison islands today are museums. One exception is the penal colony on Gorgona.

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Gorgona Prison has been in existence since 1869. Those behind bars today include men convicted of robbery and manslaughter - who are now being trained for work in the farming sector, animal husbandry and winemaking. Anyone trying to approach the island unannounced will be turned back by the police. On visiting day convicts are allowed to meet friends and family at the island's sole bar, which then doubles as a pizzeria.