Elba is famous above all for its seaside, but it also has many places of history and cultural interest, a stunning landscape for excursions, and events that make it unique. We're showing you some:
Inside the Hotel Marina 2000, very close to our resort, there is the Elba Aquarium and the Museum for the Study of Fauna. Second in size to the Aquarium of Genoa, the Elba Aquarium houses more than 2000 specimens of fish and invertebrates from branches of over 160 different species found in the Tyrrhenian Sea (grouper, moray eels,and Mediterranean sharks).
MUM - Museo Mineralogico Luigi Celleri
The Museum of minerals and gems is situated in San Piero, in the Commune of Campo nell'Elba and you can admire minerals and gems, some iron minerals kindly lent by the Mineral Park of Rio Marina and the rocks from which the main minerals from the Island of Elba are extracted.
Some interesting places to visit in the old town centre of Portoferraio are, the Villa dei Mulini with its library and gardens, where Napoleon stayed during his exile on Elba, the two forts of Forte Falcone and Forte Stella that dominate the whole old town centre of Portoferraio from above, and from where it is possible to admire a panorama that extends in all directions, and the Museo Civico Archeologico della Linguella, the municipal archaeological museum which houses exhibits from the 8th century BC to the 2nd century AD, and has the remains of a Roman villa in its grounds.
Napoleonic Villa of San Martino
Only a few kilometres from Portoferraio, on the way to Procchio, is another house where Napoleon stayed during his exile on Elba, here we find the Demidoff gallery, a museum exhibiting Napoleonic relics.
Roman villa in Le Grotte
Only 3 kilometres kilometres from Portoferraio. You can see the remains of an ancient Roman villa and a wonderful view over Portoferraio.
The castle is situated at the top of monte Volterraio at roughly 12 kilometres from Portoferraio. The panorama from here is truly impressive, and it is one of the best places for enjoying a romantic sunset.
Other interesting places to visit are, the Museo dei Minerali, a museum that houses private mineral collections, the Museo Archeologico Minerario, archaeological mineral museum, the completely renovated old public wash house, and just a little way out of the town, the Eremo di Santa Caterina, hermitage, with its botanical kitchen gardens that present many of the typical plants of Elba.
Another interesting place to visit just outside of town are the mineral mines and the Museo dei Minerali Elbani, museum of the minerals of Elba.
The footpath that goes from the small port at Porto Azzurro and follows the coast right around to the spiaggia di Barbarossa beach is well worth taking - it is lit up at night and so an evening walk is also pleasurable. The path skirts around the fort of Forte San Giacomo, which overlooks the town. This fort was built by the Spanish in the 17th century, and now houses a prison structure.
Museo del Mare - Sea Museum
The museum is right in the old town centre of Capoliveri, below the main piazza. With an exhibition on the wreck of the Polluce, featuring some fascinating exhibits.
This is about 3.5 kilometres from Marina di Campo, follow the signs from the Pila crossroads. The whole village, especially out of the tourist season, transmits a sense of peace and calm, thanks to its tranquility and complete absence of traffic.
You can reach here from either Marina di Campo or from Marciana Marina by following the signs. From this position you can see the whole of Elba, and many of the islands in the Tuscan archipelago. The footpath takes you among the chestnut trees until you reach an open space from where you can admire the panorama, and maybe meet some mouflon wild sheep on the way.
There are a number of places to visit in the village of Marciana. Just above the village is the 12th century quadrangular fort of Fortezza Pisana with towers on each corner, and the Museo Civico Archeologico archaeological museum, which is home to prehistoric finds recovered from the land and the sea.
The town's sea front promenade, starts at the beginning of the town and reaches right to the harbour. It is the ideal place for a romantic evening walk amongst the shops, with the sound of the sea in the background, against the backdrop of the tower that was built by the people of Pisa as a look-out and defensive point against the pirates that used to raid these coasts.
Mount Capanne, at 1019 metres above sea level, is the highest mountain on the Island of Elba and there are many hiking options around the Massif of Mount Capanne, and the view from the top is spectacular. If you prefer, you can reach the peak of the mount via the cableway (open from Easter until October) which is half way along the road from Poggio to Marciana.
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