The island of Elba: a destination for lovers

The island of Elba: a destination for lovers

Imagine spending a romantic weekend on the island of Elba with your partner. We have collected for you the 4 most charming destinations for lovers to get inspiration from.

Innamorata Beach

Innamorata beach, south of Capoliveri, is a splendid 280-meter-long sandy shore. The landscape in front is on the Gemini islets, which can be reached by swimming or by a boat trip. The beach is the protagonist of a romantic legend: in 1534, two lovers named Lorenzo and Maria, betrothed, were separated by the pirate Barbarossa, who kidnapped Lorenzo to make him a slave. Maria, in an act of love, threw herself headlong into the sea in an attempt to rescue him but never resurfaced, and only her scarf was left of her. Every July 14, in honor of the boundless love of the two betrothed, there is a torchlight procession in 16th-century settings in front of the crystal-clear water, with a romantic sunset as a backdrop. But you can also pass by at any other time.

Historic Center of Portoferraio

A nice walk through the historic center of Portoferraio, accompanied by constant amazement, is an alternative way to spend a romantic day. The discovery of places rich in history and culture, enchanting urban glimpses, the scents of typical food in the slightly more hidden little restaurants are the perfect premises for a few hours of leisure.

A visit to the city's many monumental attractions is also recommended, such as the Palazzina dei Mulini, Napoleon's main residence on Elba, the Fortezze Medicee, mighty fortifications overlooking beautiful landscapes, the Vigilanti Theater, Forte Falcone, the Linguella Tower and the Medici Dock are just a few of the city's culturally rich sites.

Borgo al Cotone

To the east of Marciana Marina's waterfront lies a small Elban jewel.
Nestled among the inlets typical of the northwestern side of the island of Elba, the little village encompasses all the exclusive preciousness of "small things," the Borgo al Cotone.
Even today, it still flaunts its uniqueness every time you visit. Colorful houses color the landscape while the turquoise sea contrasts and you can smell the salty scent, fishermen pull the "guzzi" (small boats) ashore by hand to unload the day's catch, clotheslines line the local streets, and everything makes you feel like you're home.

In short: the most romantic thing you can imagine, an uncommon place where time seems to have stopped. The Borgo al Cotone is also a place that lends itself optimally to serve as a backdrop for shots that will remain in the couple's memory.

St. Catherine's Hermitage and Elban Garden of the Simples

If you love nature and want to get to know one of the most energetic places on the island of Elba, the walk that leads to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina is a path that will give you great emotions. You can leave your car in Rio nell'Elba or walk up to where the path leading to the Hermitage begins.
In just a few minutes you will enter an atmosphere of yesteryear in an open-air camp where the view overlooks the sea, the ancient iron mines of Rio, and Mount Jupiter.

The Hermitage of St. Catherine in its simplicity has always given energy to the people who have visited it. Next to the Hermitage also you can discover a treasure chest of biodiversity in concentrated form with medicinal plants and ancient fruits of Elba. But at the Hermitage there is also a very valuable apiary. In the area you can also decide to continue on the path that leads to the top of Mount Serra, one of the particularly favorite places for raptor spotting.

Ph: Roberto Ridi

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Mines of Rio Marina

Strategic location for the large amount of hematite and limonite immediately identified by the emperor as soon as he landed on the island as a strategic-military axis.
Location: Rio Marina

Paolina Beach

The beach is named after the islet a few meters from the shore, itself named after Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister who, according to a legend (probably created by a tourism entrepreneur in the 1960s) loved to sunbathe on these rocks.

Location: Marciana

San Martino Villa

Designated as a summer residence, Napoleon purchased the property from the Manganaro family in 1814, with the intention of transforming it into a comfortable and refined abode that would have nothing to envy from Parisian residences.

Location: Località San Martino (Portoferraio)

Mulini Villa

Built in 1724 by Grand Duke Gaston de’ Medici, it was Napoleon’s city residence during his first stay on Elba Island.

Location: Portoferraio

Sanctuary of Monserrato

It was built as a sign of gratitude in 1606 by José Pons y León of the Dukes of Arcos, Spanish governor of Naples and first governor of the square of Longone (part of the state of principals). In September 1814 Napoleon, accompanied by Pons and Bertrand wanted to visit the sanctuary.

Location: Località Monserrato (Portoazzurro)

MUM Mineralogical Museum

While the Elban economy today is based on tourism, the fact remains that the people of San Piero and the west coast (Pomonte) have also lived and continue to live off their granite and marble

Location: San Piero in Campo

Port and Tower of Marciana Marina

Visit the harbor where Maria Walewska landed and the armed watchtower visited by Napoleon himself in 1814

Location: Marciana Marina