- Founded 24 June 1968
- Dissolved 11 February 1969
- Founder Giorgio Rosa
- Language Esperanto
- Area 400 m²
Rose Island was built in 1967 by Italian engineer Giorgo Rosa. It lies 11.6 kilometres off the shore of Rimini, just outside of Italy’s territorial waters. Rosa proclaimed himself president and declared the independence of ‘Respubliko de la Insulo de la Rozoj’ on 24th June, 1968. The platform hosted a restaurant, a nightclub, a bar, a souvenir shop and a post office. Self issued stamps functioned as currency on the island and were used by visiting tourists. The Italian government, who saw the platform’s activities as a form of tax-evasion, took control and destroyed the platform on 11th February, 1969.
Rose Island: Netflix Adapts the Story of ‘Prince of Anarchists’ Giorgio Rosa
In the late 1960s, an Italian engineer built his own island in the Adriatic sea, which housed a restaurant, bar, souvenir shop and even a post office. It is an extraordinary story, which has gone largely untold for decades.