The setting is pleasing and so is Carloforte. Elegant pastel-coloured houses with wrought iron balconies line the streets running back from the spacious, palm-lined boulevard along the sea-front. It could be somewhere in Liguria and in a way it is.
The inhabitants of San Pietro are of Genoese extraction and their dialect is said still to be Genoese. They were settled here from a Genoese colony in North Africa in 1738 to escape Tunisian persecution and named Carloforte after Carlo Emmenuello of Savoy who effect the migration. At one time a tunny fishing centre, it is now an attractive tourist resort that remains a delightful old-world charm.