Welcome to Isola di San Pietro
Laid-back and friendly, San Pietro owes its unique character to its past as a Genoese colony. It was settled in 1736 by a group of Ligurian coral fishers who arrived after their previous home, the island of Tabarka, had been taken over by the Tunisian bey (governor). North African pirates subsequently raided the island in 1798, making off with 1000 prisoners. These eventually returned to the island after the Genoese Savoys paid a ransom for them. Today islanders still speak tabarkino, a 16th-century version of Genoese.