Elba in 3 days

What to do in Elba in a weekend?

Have you tried to visit the island of Elba in one day but the time wasn't enough? Here is an itinerary to visit the island of Elba in 3 days without missing any of the most beautiful parts of the island.

Day One: Portoferraio

This itinerary starts from the main town on the island. On the first day, after disembarking from the ferry in Portoferraio, your vacation can start:

  • in the morning there are to see the Medici fortresses
  • the afternoon can be devoted to relaxation: near Portoferraio are some of the most beautiful beaches on Elba, such as Padulella, delle Ghiaie and Capo Bianco
  • in the evening nothing better than a dinner in one of the small restaurants in the historic center of Portoferraio, where you can taste the many typical dishes of the island of Elba

Day Two: The Western Ring

The Western Ring of Elba Island is the coastal road from Procchio to Marina di Campo. But to call it simply a "road" is reductive. It takes just under two hours to travel the Western Ring by car. A route full of naturalistic and scenic treasures all to be admired, such as:

  • Pauline islet
  • Marciana Marina
  • Poggio
  • gulf of Fetovaia

Better arm yourself with hiking boots because the most beautiful spots may require some walking. A word of advice: stop to eat in the small restaurants in the towns you will find along the way, obviously preferring seafood dishes.

Day Three: Napoleon

The first two days were dedicated to hiking and nature. The third day of this trip will be dedicated to culture. In particular, it will be dedicated to retracing the footsteps of one of Elba's most distinguished honored citizens: Napoleon.

  • Villa dei Mulini and Villa San Martino were the two residences of the French Emperor in Portoferraio.
  • The name "Napoleon's chair" refers to the favorite rock of the French Emperor, who used to stop here to get lost in his gaze towards Corsica

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