Holidays on Elba Island, hotel and bed and breakfast
If you are booking a holiday on the Island of Elba you can see a considerable range of hotels, apartments and bed and breakfast .
The island of Elba is about 20 kilometers from the coast of Livorno and its 223 km (2) and 30 thousand inhabitants appears to be the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago. Elba is divided into eight municipalities: Portoferraio, Campo nell'Elba, Capoliveri, Marciana, Marciana Marina, Porto Azzurro, Rio Marina and Rio nell'Elba.
There are several tour operators offering tours of a week on a sailboat, with stops for swimming and relaxation. Albatross offers holidays between Elba and Corsica or Sardinia and Elba. Departure from Portoferraio.
Information: 02480271 22
Mondovela organizes weekly tour of Elba and Capraia departure from Castiglioncello.
Information: 02 4819071
In ancient times, the island was populated by Ilvati, an ancient population of Ligurian origin that gave it the name of Ilva. Thanks to the rich mineral deposits, particularly iron, the island was largely exploited by the Etruscans, and especially by the Roman people, who thanks to the almost unlimited availability of iron could realize the tips for javelin soldiers.
Elba is also famous for being the birthplace of exile of Napoleon Bonaparte, as witnessed by some villas located in the island, an example is the beautiful Villa dei Mulini in Portoferraio, with a magnificent sea view. Recently the island of Elba has been known for the quality of wines it produces, the most famous is Aleatico, a sweet dessert wine used especially to accompany desserts such as the peculiar "crushes Briaca".
For hikers the perfect place is Mount Capanne, the highest mountain of the Island of Elba and the whole province of Livorno: its peak reaches 1,019 meters above sea level. The mountain offers the possibility of walks and excursions at high altitude until it reaches its top thanks to a cableway from Marciana. The trip takes only 14 minutes and once you reach the top you will enjoy a breathtaking view that encompasses the whole Tuscan coast and Corsica.
It is not unusual to see wild sheep, wild boar, hares, hedgehogs and Mortore that island have found a perfect habitat, unfortunately the small and isolated environment does not allow a large population of these specimens, present a limited territory. Venture around the Elbe you can admire the typical vegetation of the island, composed of deciduous oaks, chestnut trees and Carpiteti. The top of the mountain is especially rich in scrubland characterized by the thorny leaves of the broom aspalatoide.
Of course being an island can not miss the beautiful beaches, some in other sandy gravel, the most beautiful is in Marina di Campo on the south coast. Some are uncrowded and without services and other accessible only by sea: secluded corner of paradise
suggestive surrounded by breathtaking cliffs. The island of Elba is ideal for tourists who are fond of diving, offering a wide choice for diving accessible to both beginners and experts.
Sites for diving in the waters of the Island of Elba
- The wreck of Pomonte, located in the vicinity of the rock dell'Ogliera. Coordinates: 42 ° 44'35.40 "N 10 ° 7'6.60" E
- Ants of the Zanca, near Capo Sant'Andrea. Coordinates: 42 ° 48'19.80 "N 10 ° 7'35.40" E
- Capo Stella, un'immersine very demanding up to 41 meters, you can admire groupers, moray eels, coral red and red gorgonians. Coordinates.
- The Peaks of Pablo, reached a depth ranging from 8 to 33 meters you can see a wall full of yellow sponges, gorgonians white and yellow. Coordinates: 42 ° 10 ° 46.570'N 26.080'E
- Scoglietto of Portoferraio, with a dive between 20 and 35 meters you will meet several barracuda, bream, sea bream, snapper, grouper, moray eels, croakers and forkbeards.
His extraordinarily clear waters have conferred a lasting charm, which extends to the beaches to inland mountains, making it an ideal destination for summer excursions. The island consists of a small construction sector surrounded by small villages by distinguishing features that make it real tourist areas. The ancient port, Portoferraio is the capital of the island, located in the middle of roads that connect all other areas of the island, making it the ideal starting point for your trips and vacations.
The transport on the Island of Elba
The entire island is well connected by bus line ATL arriving even in areas not particularly tourism. E 'can buy a Elbacard ATL at a price of 6.50 euro for one day or 18 € for 6 days to travel anywhere on the island, while reaching the beaches further afield using the boats for the price of 70/100 € to day in high season. A way no doubt to visit the original Elba is the bicycle or scooter, to avoid the heavy traffic that is created in the streets near the beaches.
Portoferraio and surroundings
And 'the liveliest cities of the island, as well as the main hub for the majority of tourists. Characteristic over the busy harbor is the little old town very picturesque and very lively. In the old town you enter through the Porta a Mare, from which a set of winding streets that lead up to the walls on the high cliffs. Via Garibaldi you can walk up to the residence of Napoleon during his exile, Villa dei Mulini with inside the Napoleonic museum which houses the splendid baroque bedroom, a library from Fontainebleau and other various objects, including the Napoleonic flag of Elba, designed by Napoleon during his exile.
Proceeding south-east of Portoferraio in the direction of Porto Azzurro you arrive at the spa of San Giovanni, where you can immerse yourself in the sea mud sulfur. A little further on are the ruins of an ancient Roman villa overlooking a cliff, we recommend a stop to admire the views over the sea, really impressive.
What to visit Elba
Church of Mercy
Phone: 0565 914 009
Medici Fortress Linguella
Daily 09:00 to 13:30 / 15:00 to 19:00
Admission: € 2.00
Villa San Martino
A 5 km from Portoferraio - bus. 1
From Tuesday to Saturday: 09:00 to 19:00 / Sunday 9:00 to 13:00
Admission: € 3.00
Combined ticket for 3 days Villa dei Mulini 5.00 EUR
Outdoor museum Italo Bolano
From June to September: Mon-Sat 10:00 to 12:00 / 16:00 to 19:30
Admission is free
Useful information for tourists
Calata Italy, 26
Phone: 0565 914 671
Summer: Monday to Saturday 8:00 to 20:00
Winter: Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 14:00 / 15:00 to 18:00
Hiking maps can be purchased from the newsstand in front of the bus station.
Information for ferries
Toremar - Calata Italy, 23 / Phone: 0565 918 080
Mobylines - Via Ninci, 1 / Phone: 0565 918 101
Viale Elba, 20 - bus station in Portoferraio
Price: 1.20 EUR per bag per day
Offices National Park
Via Guerrazzi, 1
Phone: 0565 919 411
Via Manganaro, 7 - Portoferraio
Phone: 0565 934 731
Fax: 0565 934 734