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01483 345 701

Monday-Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5.30pm

Island of Elba

Elba is a beautiful island with much of the charm of Chianti transported to a seaside setting. Small coves and idyllic beaches on the intricate coastline are washed by crystal-clear water in every shade of blue. The island offers a marvellous variety of scenery and local transport links to the lively coastal resorts and small inland villages. It lies just 8 miles off the Tuscan coast and is only 17 miles long, but offers keen walkers some great trails in unspoiled countryside.

Elba is the largest Tuscan island and the third largest Italian one, after Sicily and Sardinia. It was once linked to the French island of Corsica through a strip of land now covered by waters. In ancient times, the island was inhabited by the Ilvates, a Ligurian tribe, from whom the island derived its Latin name, Ilva. Elba was successively dominated by the Etruscans and by the Romans.

Cosimo de’ Medici, one of the most influential political figures of the Renaissance, fortified the coastal settlement of Portoferraio, where visitors can still admire the old bastions. There are several forts on the island, including the English Fort in Portoferraio, where Admiral Nelson had allegedly established his headquarters.

Portoferraio connects the island to the Tuscany coast through a ferry that arrives at Piombino in one hour. On Elba there is also a cable car connecting the village of Marciana to Monte Capanne, the island’s highest peak. On a clear day, one can see the islands of Corsica and Montecristo from the mountain top.

Elba has great paths for mountain walks and bike rides but it’s also perfect to be explored by car, driving through the little towns perched on the hills. On the coast, countless little beaches invite to relax and swim the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Local food offers both hearty Tuscan dishes and delightful seafood. Wines of the great Tuscan tradition are widely available and the Island produces its own Elba Bianco, Rosso and Rosato. Olive growers produce a fragrant extra-virgin olive oil, which is also employed in locally made cosmetics. In Marciana Marina there is an artisan perfume producer creating natural fragrances, soaps and candles. The island has an important ceramic tradition locally crafted pottery gives terraces an immediate Mediterranean feel.