is a small Italian islet
located about halfway between Corsica
and mainland Italy; south of Elba
and west of Giglio. The island is remote and kept by the Italian government as a nature preserve and hunting
park, and only accessible by private yacht and permit. There are no structures on the island, though the ruins of a 13th century monastery
(destroyed by pirates
) are visible.
The island is probably best-known as a fictional setting in Alexandre Dumas's novel The Count of Monte Cristo, but the actual island does not correspond closely to the description in the novel.
A montecristo is also a kind of sandwich; see Monte Cristo sandwich.