Amazing Holidays on Elba Island

Elba offers the opportunity to admire ancient mines, visit medieval villages, taste a rich and genuine cuisine or just relax and enjoy the profuse natural environment.

Destinations on Elba Island

Located in the heart of the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Livorno, the island of Elba is the third largest Italian island. It is located just 10 kilometers off the Tuscan coast. The island of Elba, with its fine sand beaches, towering sea cliffs and rich sea bottoms, is part of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, the largest marine park in Europe.

Elba offers the opportunity to admire ancient mines, visit medieval villages, taste a rich and genuine cuisine or just relax and enjoy the profuse natural environment.

Elba hosted Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile in 1814. As an emperor, Napoleon used his time as an exile to undertake important economic and cultural initiatives for the island.

We can organise holidays to the following areas of Elba: Portoferraio, Marciana Marina, Marciana, Campo nell'Elba/Marina di Campo, Capoliveri, and Port Azzurro

Our Tuscan Secret:


Bikers' favourite ground, scuba paradise, never ending path for trekking

amateurs, the Elba island is the ideal destination for those who love sports
and long for a holiday lived among wilderness, sea and fitness.

Thanks to its natural beauties and springlike and autumnal mild climate, the
island pleases both the ones who practise extreme sports and quite visitors:
everyone can go in for many outdoor activities, either under the blue waters of
the sea or on the cliffs of its rocks.

Charming depths, natural caves and fish of all kinds welcome every year the
most exacting skin-divers, while the many sails swollen by the wind and the
silent canoes plough the sea, lapping its famous beaches.

Walking, riding a horseback or a mountain bike are the best ways to advance
the island's stony grounds and woody paths, whence perceive the tiny village
below and a lively green nature.

During a holiday on the island, many visitors enjoy challenging their
courage by paragliding or free climbing the several rock peaks or otherwise by
spending a relaxing daytime on the golf grounds of the island.

Furthermore, they will find equipped centres where even the less experienced
and skilled can start practising sports under the guide of professional

Tennis, horse-riding, canoeing, diving, cycling, golf, climbing...with the
end of relax, enjoyment and challenge.

Food and Wine:

Elban wines have a long-age tradition. Plinius the Old defined the island as "Insula vini ferax", that is "Wine productive island". The Elban wine cheered up the banquets of the Popes in Medieval times, while the XVIII century sailing-ships took it to the most important European ports. "Elba bianco" and "Elba rosso" are the typical ones and can boast the DOC etiquette. "Procanico" (white) and "Sangioveto" (red) are the strongest ones, while "Moscato" and "Aleatico" are ideal

for desserts. Nowadays the Elban wines - perfect if tasted with the local
cuisine - deserve much more consideration than they had in the past. Many
dessert wines, such as Ansonica Passita, Moscato and Aleatico, receive prizes
and mentions from the international specialised press, wherever they're showed.

Olive and oil: Olive growing has a very ancient origin, ground and weather couldn't be more favourable than that. Oil production on the island is constantly increasing, both from a quantity and quality point of view.

Legumes: Widespread and very important for the island peoples' sustenance, as the local word to indicate them suggests: "cibaie" in fact is the dialect variation for the Italian expression "food supplies". They were cultivated both in kitchen-gardens and vineyards, among the rows. Beans, lentils, peas, lupines, chick-peas and broad beans were among the main elements in the local maintenance.

Chestnut growing: Nowadays as it was in the past, the main chestnut territories are the Marciana outskirts, with en extension of 800 hectares. Four kinds of chestnut are produced ("Marroni", "Carpinesi", "Scarlinesi" and "Selvane") for an
amount of several hundred quintals.

Other typical products are honey, with its characteristic flavours, and "limoncino" made with local lemons.


It can talk about prehistoric inhabitant, iron mines, Etrurian and Roman,
pirates and bloody battles to rule this small but important territory. It’s hard to find another strip of land in the middle of the sea in a position to tell as much an interesting and troubled history. By analysing more recent events, it’s clear that the destiny of this island has always been determined by two factors: its strategic position and its wealth in subsoil minerals. Due to these characteristics, it has often been a conquest land for the many powers along the Mediterranean coasts. To the Etrurian, it has been an inexhaustible source of richness, and in particular the Elban iron contributed to the prosperity of this people. The Roman as well appreciated the island for its iron, but also for its mud baths; as a matter of fact, the ruins of two great patritian villas have been found and one of them is situated by the thermal dock.

During the Medieval age the island underwent the domination from Pisa, still testified by some important and picturesque defensive constructions, which prove how important it was to dominate this territory. Later on the Appiani Seigniory ruled the island; it was Cosimo de’ Medici who wanted the costruction of his Cosmopoli (nowadays Portoferraio) on the ruins of the Roman Fabricia. It was also him that made the powerful defensive walls build which saved the island from the many piratical attacks. The Spanish settled in Porto Azzurro and they too contributed to the defence of the island by erecting an impressive construction: the fortress of San Giacomo which still overlooks the village, even if transformed into a jail. The English too were interested in the domination of this territory, as were the German and the French. Indeed they faced one another with both diplomacy and arms to gain control.  Up to more recent ages, the period which actually made this island famous all over the world was the ten-month Napoleonic exile; the French general remained on the island before the hundred-day adventure.

Napoleon left his significant mark in this tiny realm of his (he was
sovereign of the island and not simply a prisoner, as he was in Sant’Elena). 
Elba is rich in memories of its glorious past: from archaeological finds and military constructions, to the Napoleonic mansions and the many discoveries, either in the sea or along the coasts, of the ships carrying the Elban wine to the most important ports of the Mediterranean area. The island offers then interesting subjects to be studied, not only for  archaeologists and historians, but also for all those who love prying into the vestiges of the past.

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