Mineralogy

Rio Marina Mining Museum

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Rio Marina Mining Museum

Smell of iron, mineral flavour, a blood-red and ochre-yellow wound that stretches and sinks into a turquoise sea and, slowly, heals where nature is stronger than the human activity that has consumed it over three millennia

Need to know

The museum is located in the 18th-century Palazzo del Burò, the historic headquarters of the mining management, which now also houses the offices of the Mining Park. The main room presents a valuable collection of Elban minerals, while in the other rooms, various environments of the mine, active until the 1980s, have been reconstructed. Original tools and realistic settings allow for an immersive feeling in the old mine.
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Where it is located

Via Magenta, 26, 57038 Rio Marina 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