Elba, Italy

Elba is an island in Tuscany, Italy, 20 km from the coastal town of Piombino. It is the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, and the third largest island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia. Elba and the other islands (Gorgona, Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri) of the Tuscan Archipelago are protected in the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago. The island is divided into eight comunes: Portoferraio, Campo nell'Elba, Capoliveri, Marciana, Marciana Marina, Porto Azzurro, Rio Marina and Rio nell'Elba.

Elba is chiefly known as the place where Napoleon was sent for his final exile. However, Elba also offers wonderful beaches, magnificent cliffs, luxuriant hills with sweet-smelling flowers, woods with age-old trees and little villages looking out over the sea or situated on the ridges. Spend a little time in the capital Portiferraio, a delightful town full of pretty pink buildings.

The island is a paradise for all lovers of nature sports; mountain biking, trekking, skindiving, fishing windsurfing, sailing, hang-gliding, free-climbing, bush walking and golf.

Things to See & Do

* "Villa dei Mulini" - the winter residence of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
* Elba's Acquarium and faunistic museum
* The Mines
* Monte Capanne
* Portoferraio - capital city

General information

Cruise Season - Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language - Italian
Land Area - 224 km²
Population - 30,000 approx
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code - 39

Port Location - The port is located in Portoferraio, the capital city of Elba.

Travel Links - You get to Elba by ferry; the journey takes 1 hour or hydrofoil, which take 20-30 minutes. You can arrive also by plane: Pila airport at Marina di Campo is linked to various Italian and European cities.