Schiaccia Briaca

The most famous dessert on the island of Elba

The schiaccia briaca is the most famous dessert on Elba Island. There is no tourist who does not buy at least one before leaving. Until a few decades ago it was made only for the Christmas holidays. It probably originated as unleavened bread that sailors brought on board because it was long-lasting. Originally it was a simple flatbread made of flour, dried fruit, olive oil and was sweetened with honey. In the late 19th century, when sugar became cheaper it replaced honey, it was "imbriacata" with moscato and alchermes di Firenze, the rosolio in vogue at the time, was added. It was these noble additional ingredients that elected it the dessert of the holidays. In Capoliveri, alchermes is not put in and that is why it has a lighter coloring.






8 people

Preparation time

1 h 30 min


Place some of the flour on the pastry board, add the sachet of yeast, chopped dried fruit, dried grapes previously soaked in warm water, oil, aleatico and a small glass of alkermes. Knead everything together, adding the flour that the dough will absorb to become smooth and soft.

The dough must be kneaded a little so that it does not harden. Grease a round baking pan with oil, line the bottom with greaseproof paper rising from the edges of the pan.

Also grease the paper with oil and pour in the dough. Before placing in the oven, cover the dough with pine nuts, raisins, two small glasses of alkermes mixed with two tablespoons of oil and spread well over the entire surface.

Sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake in a hot oven.

Allow to bake for 40-50 minutes. Take out of the oven, let cool, and arrange the schiaccia briaca on the plate, leaving the paper where it is baked.


- 1 kg white flour
- 500 g sugar
- 200 g of dried grapes
- 300 g of chopped dried fruit
- Two glasses of oil
- Aleatico just enough
- Three small glasses of Alchermes
- One sachet of baking powder
- Pine nuts

Mines of Rio Marina

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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

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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