Elba in one day

What to do on the island of Elba in just one day?

Do you only have one day to spare? How not to waste a single minute of the time you have for this sort of small excursion? Simple: you'll just have to choose your favorite from our five ideas for visiting the island of Elba in twenty-four hours.

1. Portoferraio

The main town on the island of Elba. There is no shortage of things to see. Here you can find some of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Elba. Also there are the famous Medici fortresses, a complex of fortifications that was the main defense of the town. While in the evening nothing beats a dinner in one of the small restaurants in its historic center.

 

2. Western Ring

The Western Ring of Elba Island is the coastal road from Procchio to Marina di Campo. Along this route you will be able to find unique places such as the Paolina islet, the Monte Capanne cable car, the Pisan fortress, and the Gulf of Fetovaia. A stop in the towns of Marciana, Marciana Marina and Marina di Campo is highly recommended, especially to stop at one of the many small restaurants by the sea.

 

3. Sports

Would you like to experience twenty-four hours of your favorite sport? You will be spoiled for choice: trekking, windsurfing, paragliding, free climbing, diving, running, all of which can be practiced on the island of Elba.

 

4. In the family

In this respect, too, the island offers everything the visitor could wish for. In particular:
- If your visit is during the summer months, just choose from the children's beaches on Elba Island;
- During other seasons, Elba Island's playgrounds will not disappoint children or adults.

 

5. Napoleon

The fifth idea will take you through the history of one of the most illustrious figures who trod the soil of this land: there are seven Napoleon sites on the island of Elba, and in one day you can see them all.

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