Introduction

So close to Portoferraio that they are generally considered to be its suburbs, this cluster of settlements around pebbled coves and on rich agricultural land east of the ferry docks dates back to the Roman period, when the powerful owners of the island's iron mines built ornate seaside villas here. These days, the coves shelter hotels and the hinterland is planted with olive trees, grapes, citrus and wheat. It's a much more peaceful and attractive sleeping option than Portoferraio itself.