Breath-taking vistas around every corner
The island may seem small but so many delights are waiting to be discovered that one holiday here won’t ever suffice. This wonderful variety of atmospheres, views and landscapes originates from the extreme diversity of Elba.
From the ferrous heart of Ginevro, one of the most beautiful underground mining complexes, to the fabulous crystal clear waters of Capo Sant’Andrea, Elba will inspire the soul and the senses. Savour the beauty of the peaks, such as Mount Capanne, with its panoramic view across the Tuscan Archipelago; follow the bike trails through cool chestnut woods or dive to dramatic shipwrecks on the seabed. The island has so many dimensions and there is more to experience than first meets the eye. Why not seek out Napoleon’s secret rooms and later enjoy an evening of festivals, folklore and gastronomy? You’ll be captivated.
Overnight in Boutique Hotel in Capo Sant’Andrea.
«Footpath 100, which winds along the ridges of the highest peaks of the island, has given me unforgettable sensations!» The photographer Roberto Ridi tells us, accompanying us along the beautiful path full of colours; and continues: «The journey starts from a large area of pinewood with facilities at Monte Perone, close to the provincial road S.Ilario-Poggio, and continues along a stretch of the 105/GTE, also known as “the butterfly trail” and part of the Gran Traversata Elbana (Great Elba Traverse), and climbs steeply to a junction, near Monte Maolo. Here, turning left towards Le Calanche, marks the beginning of Footpath 100.
“The link between Napoleon and the Island of Elba, where the Emperor stayed for 9 months during his first exile, is well known; there are many places designated as official residences in Portoferraio. However, a visit to the fascinating eighteenth-century house, Casetta Drouot, reopened in 2014 on the occasion of the Bicentennial, is an opportunity to learn more about the man”.
“I’d never have thought that you could surf the waves around Elba, but this island is so beautiful and full of surprises,” says Simona Marotta.
Simona, a keen sportswoman and avid reader, discovered surfing ten years ago when her son Francis began under the guidance of Davide, a pioneer of the sport on Elba.
Thanks to the varied geological formation of the Island of Elba, the beaches offer a wide range of types from fine sand and white pebbles to the sparkling shores of the mining area.
Capoliveri, Caput Liberum as it was once called, is the island’s, and perhaps even Tuscany’s, champion for popular festivals.
This is largely due to the creativity expressed by Michelangelo Venturini, an all-round entrepreneur, painter and social artist, who helped to found three important initiatives that take place every year in this wonderful hillside town.
«The old town of Marciana, with its many streets and buildings still intact, is acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful medieval towns of the Tuscan archipelago and has inspired the creation of a unique, fun and enthralling theatrical production: Marciana in the Sixteenth Century
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