Elba in 2 days

What to do in Elba in forty-eight hours?

Forty-eight hours to visit one of the most beautiful islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea is undoubtedly a short time. But if that is the time you have available, we suggest you follow this practical itinerary that will allow you to see some of the most beautiful places

Day One: Portoferraio

  • Morning. We start by walking through the historic center of Portoferraio. Where there is so much to see, such as the Medici fortresses, the covered market and the Villa dei Mulini.
  • Afternoon. After so much walking, it would be a good idea to indulge in a little rest. As it happens, near Portoferraio are some of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Elba: all easily accessible, they are Ghiaie, Padulella, Capo Bianco, Sansone and Enfola.
  • Evening. There is no shortage of things to do in Portoferraio in the evening: dine in one of the small restaurants offering typical island dishes; have a drink and a chat in one of the many clubs; dance until dawn in one of Elba's two main discos.

Day Two: Capoliveri

  • Morning. The second day begins with a visit to Capoliveri: worth seeing are Forte Focardo, the sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie, the apse of San Michele, and the beautiful Laconella beach.
  • Afternoon. Mount Calamita is located a short distance from Capoliveri. Getting to the top on foot is not too challenging. From the top you will be able to embrace the whole island of Elba with your gaze.
  • Evening. If you have booked the return ferry for the next day and thus still have the evening to spare, a ten-minute drive from Capoliveri is all it takes to Porto Azzurro for an evening of seafood dinner and a stroll along the picturesque waterfront.


One last piece of useful information: to get around the island of Elba you can either board your vehicle (car, motorcycle or camper) on the ferry or use the efficient bus system that, especially in summer, connects all the main towns on the island.

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