Elba in 7 days

What to do in Elba in a whole week?

Summer is synonymous with vacation. And also sea, sun, beaches, parks, places to see, sports, things to do. Here is a basic itinerary for spending a week on the island of Elba.

Day One

The advice is to start your week on the island of Elba from Portoferraio. The first part you will devote entirely to relaxing on the Ghiaie beach, one of the most beautiful the island can offer its visitors. The afternoon, on the other hand, you will spend visiting the Medici fortresses.

Day Two

One always stays in the main town on the island of Elba. That of Cala dei Frati is an uncrowded but wonderful beach, so it is ideal for a few hours of healthy and total relaxation. The second part of the day will be devoted to visiting the historic center of Portoferraio, probably the most fascinating part of the entire town.

Day Three

Still in Portoferraio, where you absolutely must see the beach of Sansone. Moreover, it was in this town that Napoleon lived during his exile.Portoferraio becomes an excellent starting point to retrace the footsteps of the first French emperor.

Day Four

Fun must have its share during a week on Elba. The advice is to spend the fourth day at one of Elba's playgrounds-there are several for all tastes and ages.

Day Five

The Rio Marina mining park awaits you. This is a series of open-pit mines that open into a large area of the island. Over ninety different species of crystals can be seen in the attached museum.

Day Six

Porto Azzurro, another of Elba's most famous resorts, lies on the island's east coast. In one day, there is enough time to see its most beautiful places, such as Matteotti Square, Forte Longone and Barbarossa Beach.

Day Seven

The so-called Western Ring of Elba Island is the coastal road from Procchio to Marina di Campo. Although calling it simply a "road" is reductive: in about forty kilometers, all along provincial road 25, you will be able to admire some of the most beautiful views that the island of Elba can offer its visitors.

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