Elba is the biggest Island in the Tuscan Archipelago, and in size
is the thurd largest of Italian Islands it is just 10 km from the
mainland and has a surface area of 224 square kilometres.
It has a mild climate, a varied coastline of 147 kms, delightful
beaches and the magestic beauty of the range of Mount Capanne (
mt. 1.019), and for many reasons has justly become a centre of Tuorist
attraction of International fame.
The island's facilities continue to improve, good roads, well organised
public services, all of which make holidays pleasant and relaxing.
Elba was known for its' mines at the beginning of
its' history, it was called "Ilva" by the Ligurians, "Aethalia"
by the Greeks. At first it was Liguria then Greek, then Etruscan
and remained for centuries Roman. In Medieval times it was formerly
under the people of Pisa and then the Appiani.
The powerfull Europeans showed interest at various times, and they
left in their different way, traces of their dominion. In particular
there are impressive , indelible traces of the Medici Family at
Portoferraio (in their honour the town was called Cosmopoli) but,
until the brief Reign of Napoleon the island did not recall its
great historical moments.
Elba, infact, preserves the history reminders of Napoleon's reign
(1814-1815) in the Villa Mulini and in the Villa of San Martino,
and also in the ancient church of Portoferraio and Marciana (Madonna
The hospitality of its inhabitants, exellent wine
and seafood cuisine, together with a mild climate and bright, transparent
air, all combine to make the island of Elba an ideal holiday location
for every season.
Access to Elba:
You can reach the island of Elba by car where on arrival
at Piombino, the comfortable ferry service, in only one hour circa,
cover the 10Km distance from the mainland arriving in a chioce of
ports; Portoferraio, Porto Azzurro, Rio Marina.
Motorway A12 direction Genova-Livorno, exit at Rosignano. Continue
on the Superstrada until exit Venturina – Isola d’Elba
and from here continue to Piombino Marittima.
Motorway A1 direction Bologna-Firenze-Pisa-Livorno, exit at Rosignano.Continue
on the Superstrada until exit Venturina-Isola d’Elba and from
here continue to Piombino Marittima.
Motorway A12, direction Roma-Grosseto.Superstrada exiting at Venturina-Isola
d’Elba.Continue to Piombino Marittima.