Budelli is located several hundred meters south of the Razzoli and Santa Maria islands. It has a surface of 1.6 square kilometres (0.62 sq mi) and an overall coastal span of 12.3 kilometres (7.6 mi). The highest point is Monte Budello, at 87 metres (285 ft).
Budelli is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It is especially renowned for its Spiaggia Rosa ("Pink Beach"), in the south-eastern part of the island, which owes its typical color to microscopic fragments of corals and shells such as Miriapora truncata and Miniacina miniacea, and was featured in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1964 film Il deserto rosso (The Red Desert). Budelli is one of four 'uninhabited' islands in the Maddalena archipelago: the others are Caprera, Spargi, and Razzoli. However, since 1989 the island’s permanent caretaker has been Mauro Morandi, who took over from a married couple.
The island was purchased in October 2013 for €2.94 million, after the bankruptcy of the previous owner. The new buyer was a New Zealander, who intended to protect the ecosystem on the island. However, the Italian Senate has passed a law to begin the process to repossess the island, which is now managed and protected by the National Park board. Coordinates:
- After 30 Years, an Island and Its Sole Inhabitant Face an Uncertain Future -- Mauro Morandi watched tourism, technology, and climate change reshape his home. Now, he fears he won’t see its restoration., Vittoria Traverso, Atlas Obscura/ Slate.com, 2018-03-12
- "Kiwi's Mediterranean island purchase 'no flight of fancy'". The New Zealand Herald. 3 October 2013.
- "Italy wants to buy $4m island". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 November 2013.
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