Isola d' Elba Travel Guide

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Isola d' Elba Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful beaches and white-golden sands 

  • Con
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     too expensive in summer cos of the foreigners 

  • In a nutshell
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     a little treasury 

Isola d' Elba Things to Do

  • "Napoleon Trail"

    Follow what I call the "Napoleon Trail" and visit his town residence Villa dei Mulini and his home in the countryside Villa S. Martino. This is me in the garden of the Villa dei Mulini, with a typical Napoleonic emblem (eagle with spread wings) in the background.

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  • Lighthouse

    A lighthouse on Elba as seen from the back garden of the Villa dei Mulini, the town mansion of Napoleon Bonaparte. Worth a visit!

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  • Porto Azzurro

    Boasting a lively and welcoming atmosphere, this town with evident Spanish origins was founded in 1603 by Filippo the third of Spain. Originally named Porto Longone, the town is located at the base of a promontory along an ample inlet, on the island's eastern coast.

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  • Villa S. Martino - Exhibition

    Exhibition in the Demidoff Gallery of the Villa S. Martino - the Gallery was especially built in front of the Villa S. Martino, the country mansion of Napoleon Bonaparte, by count Demidoff to house his collection of Napoleon memorabilia. Today you can see scale models here of Napoleon's battles, military uniforms etc.

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  • "Napoleon Trail"

    When you are on the Napoleon Trail, be sure to have a closer look at the personal library of the Emperor, in a room in his town residence Villa dei Mulini in Portoferraio. Another 'must see' for librarians!The other day, it occured to me that I'm following the Napoleon Trail backwards: already in the 1980s, I visited his tomb in Paris (Invalides)...

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  • Tiny island near Elba

    You'll pass by this tiny island on your way from the mainland to the harbour of Portoferraio on Elba.

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  • Villa S. Martino - Exhibition

    Modern impressions of Napoleon's battles - this is a depiction of the battle of Waterloo. To be seen in the Demidoff Gallery of the Villa S. Martino.

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  • The village of Poggio #1

    We drove up into the hills of Elba to the village of Poggio. Picture of the very robust local church.

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  • The Beautiful Island of Elba

    There are so many beaches to go to on the island of Elba. They're all pretty accessible, although the further northwest you go, the more mountains you have to fight to get to them. But it's definitely worth it if you have a car or scooter. A great way to see the whole island, and a bit of mainland Italy is to take the cable car (more like a...

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  • Sea Kayaking

    Elba is a perfect place for sea kayaking. The water is clear, and warm, and it's often very calm, especially late spring through early fall. And there's lots of gorgeous coastline and beaches to land on.I've been kayaking there a lot. If you have questions email me at bkossy@igc.org.

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  • a view by plane

    This point of view talk to you about the story of Portofferraio, the major city in the island. A port in the natural bay, since the roman empire time. But not only. Take a look at the disegn of the fortified wall. The project is made by any rinascimental war architect based on an idea by Medici family (sir of Florence and entire Tuscany)

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  • Zuccale beach

    Here you can see Zuccale beach, another great sandy beach. It's possible to park the car and to spend only 1 euro for the whole day, then on the beach, you can buy something to eat and enjoy the gorgeous landscape.

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Isola d' Elba Restaurants

  • Texas in the air!

    This restaurant is a jum into the West, with cowboys that ask you to order a tipycal beans soup and Indians. Country music untill 11 p.m. then the restaurant becomes a disco bar. And if you like tequila boom boom, this is the right place. The food is really good and I liked every dishes I ate. You can choose between Spaghetti Western or Tortillas...

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  • Little Fetovaia's restaurant

    This restaurant is on Fetovaia beach and it's a good idea to eat something there if you don't want to leave the beach while you are eating. it has many light dishes made with fish or pasta and vegetables (mixed salads for example). If you go there don't miss to go upstairs on the terrace, you will have a beautiful view of Fetovaia.

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Isola d' Elba Transportation

  • "Holy Moby" - Moby Lines

    Moby Lines, from Piombino on the Italian mainland to Portoferraio, the capital of Elba. Be sure to take your car or motorbike with you.

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  • Sleeping in a cafe :-)

    Poor guys! Obviously they spent another tough day at Elba. When the evening came they all felt asleep on the ferry. In a cafe!!!

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  • Sunset

    We spent all day on Isola d'Elba and we returned to the mainland in the evening. We got the chance to see this beautiful sunset from Moby Lally.

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Isola d' Elba Shopping

  • Wine

    White wine, red wine, champagne, original wine from Elba (a bit expensive, tho)... As long as it goes down the throat!Photo taken by our guide.

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  • Spirits

    Everything. From Jack Daniels, original Schotch Whisky up to Jaegermeister...Photo taken by our guide.

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  • Conad.

    It's a big shop near Portepiombino and we were all happy when we found out it's open (it was Sunday 4 p.m.). Alcohol

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Isola d' Elba Local Customs

  • Capo Bianco Beach-Ice cream

    Around noon don't worry if it's too hot! You could buy an ice-cream by a boat that comes to Capo Bianco beach. I think is a smart solution to arrive by the sea, because is very hard to walk along the rocky beach, believe me!!

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  • What does a local house look like in...

    Well most locals live in buildings such a this one. Old, low,and small houses with painted windows, nice roofs and a lot of chimneys. The yards in fron of them are very small. They are meant for parents to work and kids to play outside.

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  • Sea-gulls again...

    During our trip we saw three sea-gulls and we tried to feat them. It was very funny to see them flying and jump into the sea for eating our food.

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Isola d' Elba Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't go to Villa San Martino on Mondays

    Opening times: Every day from 9 am to 7 pm. Villa San Martino is closed on Mondays. Free admission to EU citizens under 18 or over 65 years of age, on showing identity document.

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  • San Martino e les Mulini

    Fermeture des musées napoléoniens à l'île d'Elbe (Portoferraio)San Martino fermé le lundi mais aussi le dimanche après-midi.Les Mulini, le dimanche après-midi mais aussi le mardi. Les résidences impériales sont dans un triste état: volets cassés (voir photos des Mulini) jardns mal ou pas du tout entretenus... Povero Napoleone!

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  • Rocky beach, be careful!

    Don't try to walk along the beach without a pair of shoes, you should need an hour just to cover 10 meters!! No, I'm joking but I tried to walk without shoes and it was impossible!

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Isola d' Elba Off The Beaten Path

  • Una gita in barca

    Sono numerose le piccole imbarcazioni che con 10 euro a testa vi portano a visitare luoghi altrimenti inaccessibili. E' possibile fare il bagno in luoghi bellissimi.

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  • The mount Calamita mines

    Nel 1974 le miniere del monte Calamita sono state abbandonate nonstante fossero ancora produttive. Oggi è possibile visitarle grazie ad un tour organizzato che comprende anche una piccola lezione sui minerali dell'isola che sono veramente tanti. Il punto di partenza è il museo che si trova a Capoliveri

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  • Monuments

    Well... I'm not really an expert in knowing who this person is, but I like taking photographs of monuments and as well I like taking photos of sky, so I made a little mixture here... The pic was taken near the port in Portoferraio.

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Isola d' Elba Sports & Outdoors

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    Tourists on the beach

    by Azhut Written Sep 26, 2003

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    Elba island is a nice place to go for fishing activities or for sailing. Off course if you decide to spend your holiday on the beach there are a lot of beach activities. Don't forgrt to rent a little boat to go sailing around this island.

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Isola d' Elba Favorites

  • Arriving to Elba

    Portoferraio is the main Port in the Elba Island and it gives you the chance to join many touristic beaches as "Le ghiaie" or Capobianco. Portoferraio is also one of the two seats where Napoleone Bonaparte lives some years on isolation.

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  • Golfo Stella, panorama

    This picture shows the crystal green and blue water that you can see to Elba. When there is no wind the water is so quiet that invites you to jump in it!

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  • Golfo Stella

    Golfo Stella is a great corner of Elba Island on the way from Marina di Campo to Porto Azzurro. I took this picture while we were driving. It's possible to reach the rocky beach by foot but it' a hard thing to do!!

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