ASINARA ISLAND

ASINARA ISLAND & ITS FORMER HIGH SECURITY PRISON
Asinara national park  is a tiny uninhabited island (only 52 square km) placed on the north-west side of Sardinia (Sassari province and Municipality of Porto Torres) and belonging to the national parks system of Italy.
It is also a marine protected area (visitors are accepted only through guided tours) being home for several endangered species and the popular albino donkey (known as the Asinara donkey) offspring from the white donkeys introduced in the island from Egypt during the 19th century.
Some argue that the name Asinara is taken from these popular Sardinian donkeys; others think that the name is to be put in relation to the Latin word “sinuaria” – sinus-shaped (island).
Until 1997 the island was a famous maximum security prison (carcere): as of today tourists can still visit the penitentiary.