Elba

Elba is an island in Tuscany.

Get in

Go by ferry -- taking your car, as it a must to explore the entire island. The ships start from Piombino.

The ferry operator Toremar is usually a lot cheaper than Moby. You can compare and book ferry tickets to Elba direcly on line.

Get around

Mass transit does exist, but only to/from Portoferraio (short-distance and long-distance) and to/from Marina di Campo (short-distance only). Buses run a fairly comprehensive route, so you can reach the main towns and villages around the island. It is also quite cheap. Hitchhiking is possible, as there are many who take their cars by ferry when visiting the island. You can also rent cars, scooters, and boats at RENT CHIAPPI in the marina of Portoferraio. Price for a FIAT Panda is between €37 and €45 per day, all included.

See

A view of Portoferraio

Napoleon was banished to the island and both of his homes (summer & winter) are available to tour. You can hike, bicycle, swim, or walk around the plaza at night with the locals. It is incredibly beautiful, with small towns (for example Portoferraio, Capoliveri, Porto Azzurro, Marciana Alta, Marciana Marina, Marina di Campo, Rio Marina, and Rio nell'Elba) set on hilltops and castles. There are flowers galore and the interior of the island is full of old, little viewed churches.

Do

Transparent water at Cavo

Napoleon's homes, bike, go to any one of 10 -12 beaches, drink some local wine, hike, visit as many old castles and churches as you can. Takes about 3 days to see the island and that still leaves many areas untouched. Was told several times by the locals that in the summer Elba becomes a day-tripper's nightmare with people from the mainland. Visited in late May - slightly cool at night.

Buy

Sopping isn't what you might expect but the island is for experiencing local ambiance, including some local wines. Local limoncino (lemon liqueur) is also worth tasting.

Eat

Seafood is fresh ( it is an island) and the bread is what you were dreaming about. Get the Italian version of steak and try the bread and tomato salad.

Drink

Some local wines, and water the local water tastes great.

Sleep

Monte Calamita, viewed from Monte Arco

Elba is a touristic island and there are lot of accommodations available, from cheap camp-grounds to luxury resorts.

There is a fair number of camp-grounds all over the island but you can easily reach some of them by bus. Aquaviva or Viticcio are less than 30mn away from Portoferrario.

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