Elba attractions

Top Choice Museum in Portoferraio

Museo Villa Napoleonica di San Martino

Napoleon personally supervised the transformation of what had been a large farmhouse in the hills 5km southwest of Portoferraio into an elegant villa where he could escape the summer heat. Romanticism and hubris bot…
Fort in Portoferraio

Forte Falcone

Portoferraio's loftiest highest hill is crowned by this largely intact, 16th-century fort (1548) – a key point, together with Fort Stella and Torre del Martello, in the defensive ring built around the town by Cosimo…
Chapel in Marciana Marina, Marciana & Poggio

Santuario della Madonna del Monte

To enjoy an invigorating 40-minute hike, head up through Marciana along Via della Madonna to reach this much-altered hilltop chapel with its 13th-century fresco of the Madonna painted on a slab of granite. A remarka…
Museum in Portoferraio

Museo Nazionale della Residenze Napoleoniche

Villa dei Mulini was home to Napoleon during his stint in exile on this small isle. With its Empire-style furnishings, splendid library, fig-tree-studded Italianate gardens and unbeatable sea view, the emperor didn'…
Archaeological Site in Portoferraio

Villa Romana delle Grotte

About 5km out of Portoferraio town, wander through the ruins of this 1st-century-BC Roman villa overlooking the sea at Punta delle Grotte and you will be able to evoke the privileged lifestyle of its original owners…
Museum in Elba

Museo dei Minerali e dell'Arte Mineraria

Rio's mining history dates from Etruscan times, with open-cast working continuing right up until 1982 when the mines closed. This museum charts that story and runs guided tours (adult/reduced €12/7.50) of the mining…
Mine in Capoliveri

Calamita: Miniere di Capoliveri

Guided tours take visitors from a small site museum in Vallone, 11km south of Capoliveri, to the Genevro mine where magnetite was extracted until the operation closed in 1981. You'll walk through dark underground tu…
Beach in Marina di Campo

Spiaggia di Cavoli

The shingle-sand beach at Cavoli, just 6km west of Marina di Campo, is particularly family-friendly, thanks to its beach cafe, sun loungers, pedalos and kids' playground.
Archaeological Site in Portoferraio

Area Archeologica della Linguella

The 16th-century Torre del Martello was where Napoleon was 'imprisoned' at the start of his fleeting exile on Elba in 1814 and the russet-red, hexagonal tower remained a prison until 1877. It and the archaeological …
Historic Building in Portoferraio

Teatro dei Vigilanti

This 17th-century church-turned-theatre was one of the grandest, most elaborate churches in Portoferraio when it was constructed in 1618. The Chiesa del Carmine was deconsecrated in the 18th century and used as a mi…