Archeology, Nature, Mineralogy

Archaeological Museum of the Mining District

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Archaeological Museum of the Mining District

Inside, the earliest history of the mining district of East Elba is told, from the beginnings of its exploitation, during the Copper Age, to the Middle Ages

Need to know

The exhibition covers a long period of time: from the late Copper Age, through the extraordinary development of metallurgy in Etruscan and Roman times, to the mining village of Grassera, which was destroyed by the pirate Barbarossa in 1534. The museum is enriched by the valuable collection of Elban minerals of the People of Rio, collected when the mines were in operation and now granted by a group of local collectors.
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Where it is located

Via Giuseppe Mazzini 2, 57039 Rio Nell'elba LI

Contacts

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