Rossi Island is located off the southeast coast of Italy, near the heel of the boot. Adriano Giovaccini discovered the island in 1710. The small island was covered with lush, dark green giant sequoia trees and little to no life of animals.

The island is three hundred miles long, and one thousand miles wide, proving to be one of the smallest island to date. It is a very exclusive island and has been privately owned by the Giovaccini family since Adriano found it.

It is a popular vacation destination because of its exclusivity and beauty. Since the island is so small, vacationing there is limited to a small portion of people who can afford the stay. Its beauty has attracted the attention of tons, and the views of the island have been featured in many magazines and television shows.

Aside from the beauty of Rossi Island, a unique feature of the island is the unusual finding that a guest of the island uncovered. Scientist Rob Smith discovered that the island sat on a massive gold mine. Smith discovered the underbelly of the island during his trip around the world in 1850. Smith’s finding created a war between the Giovaccini family and himself. Giovaccini claimed the gold was his, because it was his island, while Smith claimed it for himself since he found it.

The war between the two men became brutal and resulted in Smith’s death. Rossi Island now holds a small, but exquisite museum dedicated to the facts of the war.