Man Who Lived Alone On An Island for 32 Years Returns to Society | The Adventure Blog

Castaway By Choice

There are real “wild people” out there, though, who live the lifestyle day in day out. Look no further than Mauro Morandi, who has lived on Budelli Island for the past 32 years. The modern-day hermit made his home on the island, situated on a stretch of water between Sardinia and Corsica, the Italian and French islands.

Pretty Hurts

Our hero sure knew how to pick a great location to be alone. The weather for a start would help in keeping one’s spirits high. But, it was Budelli island’s bitter-sweet beauty that would lead to Morandi’s reluctant emigration.

Changing Status

The island’s recognition from the Italian government led to a rise in its status. It became one of the seven islands that make up the Maddalena Archipelago National Park. In 2016 the park began to question Morandi’s right to live on the island. Thanks to the power of the internet, the people of Italy and beyond responded, and a petition was signed by just shy of 75,000 people.

The End of an Era

On April 25 th, 2021, through his social media, Morandi announced to his followers that he had enough fighting and was to leave the island by the end of the month. At 81, it’s harder to muster the energy to be a rebel.

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