Marciana Marina

The smallest municipality on the island gives some of the most striking views. Quiet and fun go hand in hand here

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Marciana Marina, in terms of size, is the smallest municipality on the entire island. Barely five square kilometers of lush nature that develop around the beautiful waterfront-which was completed in the early 1900s-and its squares, which are rightly considered real living rooms overlooked by elegant, well-kept homes. Its origins are lost in the island's earliest history, with evidence dating to the Etruscan and Roman periods.

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A renowned location for the production of frank and sincere wine, exported mainly to the ports of Liguria and Tuscany since the seventeenth century, in the 1970s Marciana Marina found its rightful place among the most renowned and sought-after tourist resorts by the international jet-set, not only in the summer period. Today, enchanting villas rise in its territory, virtually invisible to prying eyes, nestled in the green rolling hills or sheer along the coast.

Marciana Marina, with its stunning backdrop of Mount Jupiter to the west and Mount Perone to the east, represents one of the most striking views of the island of Elba. Attractive is its landscape for those arriving by car from the road that connects it with Portoferraio. Even more fascinating is to contemplate it from the sea, with the villages of Poggio and Marciana appearing embedded in Mount Capanne in a veritable postcard of extraordinary beauty.

During the summer, there are many opportunities for recreation and entertainment offered by the many venues overlooking the sea. But Marciana Marina is sought after above all for its tranquility, for its calm and placid lifestyle, appreciated by the most distinguished guests who like to mingle among the people without the worry of being disturbed as they stroll through Elba's largest pedestrian zone.

Famous is the quality of the restaurants scattered almost everywhere in the town, from those overlooking the waterfront to those that characterize the ancient streets behind it.

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