Giglio Island

An undiscovered pearl renowned for its natural beauty


Three towns are distributed on the island territory: Giglio Porto on the eastern side, Giglio Castello at 405 m above sea level, and Campese on the western side. The three settlements, which together have 1550 inhabitants, all have very ancient historical origins. The Port stands on the ruins of the ancient Roman Villa del Saraceno, a large residential complex of the senatorial family of the Enobarbi inhabited from the late republic and later incorporated into the dwellings of the island's fishermen; the Castle, on the other hand, is an example of a military construction pertaining first to the Aldobrandeschi (the Rocca in the upper part dates to the 10th - 11th century AD.C.) and Pisan later, with the construction of the charming village starting in the 12th century A.D.; there is also no lack of evidence here of more ancient frequentations, starting at least with the Villanovans and later the Etruscans. Campese, on the other hand, is a mining village, linked to the extraction of pyrite that was known and frequented as early as prehistoric times, as evidenced by Neolithic artifacts found in the area. History and culture are spread throughout the territory of Giglio, and with a little imagination it is not difficult to imagine the lives of men who since ancient times have chosen the island to live in contact with nature and exploit the resources of this paradise on earth.

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