What to visit on Elba Island in Tuscany?
The Elba Island in the Tuscany Region is not a common destination, but this little gem between Corsica and mainland Tuscany, attracts by its beauty, calm and incredible beaches. Let’s check out this special post: What to visit on Elba Island in Tuscany? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Twenty kilometers from the continent, Elba is a beautiful discovery for those seeking the sea, tranquility, culture and unique beauty. Despite having an airport, the easiest way to get there is to go to Piombino (Piombino Marittima station) and take a traghetto (ship) or motorboat to one of the three main ports on the island: Portoferraio, Rio Marina and Porto Azzurro. It is not a large island, it has only 30,000 inhabitants, but it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Italy. With over 100 beaches, it offers AWESOME views! If you have a day or two on the island, we have made a small itinerary so that you can visit the main points, maybe you even have enough time to go to the beach! Let’s go?
1) What to visit on the Elba Island in Tuscany? HISTORIC CENTER
We will disembark in Portoferraio, the island’s capital. From there, we started our walk through the Historic Center of the city. There you will find palaces, castles, churches and many other attractions that immediately catch our attention. Unmissable there is the Linguella Tower, which is at the north end of the bay that offers a magnificent view of the sea; inside the Tower there is the National Archaeological Museum (4 euros), which houses several very interesting pieces.
2) What to visit on the Elba Island in Tuscany? COPERTO MARKET
Then head to Coperto Market, which is close to Via Dell’Amore. It used to be where Portoferraio’s arsenal was and where the warships of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany were built and repaired. Leaving there, head to one of the most characteristic churches in the city, the Church of Saint Crispin (also called the Mercy Church). The church has a single nave, it is simple, but fascinating. There is a statue of Our Lady and the Child Jesus that is attributed to Tino da Camaino. The church houses relics of Saint Crispin and some original bronze molds of Napoleon’s face and hand, taken in Sant ‘Elena immediately after his death, the molds were taken to the church by his assistants and remain there.
3) What to visit on the Elba Island in Tuscany? VILLA DEI MULINI
Also interesting is Villa dei Mulini, one of Napoleon’s two residences in Portoferraio during his exile on the island of Elba. The site is also a former headquarters of military engineers and it was Napoleon who adapted it and gave the appearance that we can admire today. Also visit the Vigilanti Theater. It was an old church there, but Napoleon wanted a place where he could watch shows and have fun, so he turned it into a theater.
4) What to visit on the Elba Island in Tuscany? LE GHIAIE BEACH
In the afternoon, how about a walk on the beach? One of the most beautiful is Le Ghiaie; with its calm, transparent sea and the sun that reflects on the sea like a painting, it is a glimpse of paradise! If you prefer, get lost in the beautiful streets of the city! Allow yourself not to worry about time: it will be your great ally to discover all the corners of this divine wonder called Elba!
5) What to visit on the Elba Island in Tuscany? CAPOLIVERI
On the second day, start with a nice breakfast! Then we go to Capoliveri! There we can start by visiting Fort Focardo. It is close to the village of Naregno, close to the Piombino canal. The fort has a star shape, has four high angled walls and two bastions. With a prominent grandeur, it stands on a promontory that dominates the entire coast and presents us with a beautiful view.
Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie
From there go to the Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie (Our Lady of Graces). Built during the 16th century, it is a sanctuary in the shape of a Latin cross and features an oriental style dome. On the ceiling, inside, there is a wooden crate that was painted in the 20th century. There is also an 18th century organ and the famous painting of the Holy Family, by Marcello Venusti. A sense of peace invades us in a magical way and the atmosphere of the place is delicious!
6) What to visit on the Elba Island in Tuscany? MOUNT CALAMITA
Then visit Mount Calamita, which next to Mount Capanne, is one of the main mountains on the Elba Island. The place is ideal for trekking and hiking without haste, it is also here that are underground mines that can be visited by tourists. Also beautiful are the ruins of the Apse of Saint Michael, an ancient medieval church that emerges outside the city. An important historical fact of the church is the mass celebrated by Pope Gregory XI in 1376. In the afternoon, after lunch, choose one of the several (and beautiful!) beaches there: Lacona, Naregno, Barabarca, Calanova, Felciaio, Lido, Morcone , Remaiolo, Zuccale among many others.
How to get to Elba Island?
To get to Elba Island, you need to take a boat that leaves from the city of Piombino.
- They start leaving at 5 am and the service runs until 10:20 pm.
- The fare costs between 12 and 30 Euros (depending on the chosen category) and the journey takes about 1 hour.
If you are in a car, don’t worry: the ship has space for vehicles and you can cross the car without any problem. To buy the ticket, CLICK HERE ON THIS LINK!
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What to visit on Elba Island in Tuscany? Little known by tourists, Elba will delight you! It is the type of city that offers the best of nature combined with culture, history and cinematic views. If you were in doubt of including this destination in your itinerary, I leave my advice: include it! You will not regret it!
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