Elba Island is the largest and most visited island in the Tuscan archipelago, and is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is 27 km long and 18 km wide, a true treasure chest with innumerable jewels that everyone can visit.
The origins of the island are ancient and date back to the Greek period, which was followed in the succeeding centuries by other peoples fighting to gain control over the island, the Etruscans first and later the Romans. In later periods power was held by the Medici di Firenze and then the Austrians, finally arriving to our present time.
Nowadays, Elba Island is one of the most visited Italian tourist destinations and thanks to its small size; it is not yet affected by mass tourism.
A holiday on Elba Island is a true feast of sights, as you can visit wonderful medieval villages, which are found all over the island as well as churches from the Roman period whose names refer back to the Pisan period, such as Forte San Giacomo or the Sanctuary of Monserrato.
During the first half of the sixth century the Medici family built the fortified city of Portoferraio, and late while Napoleon was living in exile, he had two villas built, San Martino and Villa dei Mulini, which are now museums.
Elba Island is also famous and visited for its splendid beaches with fine sand and rocks that slide into the sea, and where the waters teem with fish of different colours.
The island is also a wonderful discovery from the natural point of view, with creeks, ravines, and vegetation that make an enchanting landscape.
Elba island forms part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park and offers the opportunity to discover the beauty of nearby islands, such as Capraia, Giannutri, Giglio, Gorgona, Montecristo and Pianosa.