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Santa Caterina from above. Author’s photographs, except as noted

The genuinely modern does not chase after the new; it makes the old new again.
Robert Pogue Harrison, The Dominion of the Dead

If stones had tongues, the din on Monte Serra, at the eastern end of the island of Elba, would be unbearable. So much human activity has come and gone over the years; surely the stones must have a lot to say. Fortunately, humans have tongues. And pens, and keyboards. Otherwise the eons of history leading up to a small but important botanical garden, the Orto dei Semplici Elbano, devoted to the rich flora of the Tuscan Archipelago, would go untold.

It would be hard for us to understand the island’s first human inhabitants, the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis), who arrived on Elba over 50,000 years ago, when it was still connected to the mainland during the last ice age. Certainly, they were drawn to the island’s dense forests of evergreen oak (Quercus ilex), and abundant game. Though they left no words, they left evidence of the first man-made fires on the island. Not until the Neolithic era, about 20,000 years...

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