A perfect combination of relaxing and educative recreation is offered by the most famous island of Tuscany, Elba. Located only 10 kilometers away from the shore, it belongs to the province of Livorno. There is a ferry going from Piombino to the main town of the island, Rio Marina, all year round. The trip will take about an hour.
Elba is the largest island of the Tuscan archipelago. It stretches for 27 kilometers in length; and its width is 18 kilometers.
The tourist season lasts from April till the middle of October on the island. There are more than 70 sandy and sandy-pebbly beaches surrounded by magnificent rocks, and decorated by rich Mediterranean flora. Peculiar underwater plants attractive for divers stretch along the coastline of the island. Water surface is available for those who want to take up waterskiing or water biking, rent catamaran, do surfing or start yachting. For those who love regatta it is worth visiting the main port of the island where national and international races are held.
If you have decided to improve your health or undergo some preventive treatment healing therms of San Giovanni are at your service.
The majority of the island settlements, such as Portoferraio, Porto Azzurro, Rio Marina, Capiloveri, Cavo, etc. are typical Mediterranean resorts which attract with their cheerful atmosphere, sea cuisine, famous rough wines and remarkable architecture.
The main town of Elba, Portoferraio, is a popular tourist destination and a huge port. There is an abbey which attracts pilgrims who want to honor Madonna Montserrat close to Porto Azzurro.
You can get acquainted with traces of the Etruscan civilization or visit Roman villas in different parts of the island. The Modern Times history connects the island of Elba with the name of Napoleon. There are different attitudes towards his personality, yet everyone admits he was an outstanding and titanic figure. The emperor spent his first exile, from 1814 till 1815, at a villa of San Martino located 5 kilometers away from Portoferraio. At the time of Napoleon, it was a tiny residence. Afterwards it was rebuilt and decorated in the middle of the XIX century by Prince Davidov. There is a museum as well as lots of historical sites connected with the name of Napoleon in the town.
Various cultural events are held on the island annually. The most important one is the international festival “Elba, the musical island of Europe”.
Vacation on Elba is an unforgettable experience.
There are a number of town-ports on the largest island of the Tuscan archipelago, Elba. The main town of Elba, Portoferraio, is a popular tourist destination and the largest harbor of the island. The name of the town means â€śthe iron harborâ€ť, as Elba has been the area of mining since the times of the Etruscans.