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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…
Top Choice Tuscan in Schiopparello, Magazzini & Otone

Ristoro Agricolo Montefabbrello

A model of slow and sustainable cuisine, this rustic restaurant on the Montefabbrello farm grows its own wheat to make pasta, grapes to make wine and olives to produce oil. Fruit and veggies are homegrown too. Tasty…
Top Choice Seafood in Marciana Marina, Marciana & Poggio

Ristorante Salegrosso

Those on the hunt for Elba's best fish dish need look no further – the fish stew here is a flavoursome pile of shellfish, tomato and saffron topped by a garlicky slice of bruschetta. Delicious! Dine on it or other f…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Capoliveri

Fandango

Steps lead down from the panoramic terrace at the far end of the central Piazza Matteotti to this lively enoteca, which offers atmospheric seating under a vine-clad pergola. We love the well-made cocktails, excellen…
Top Choice Gelato in Marciana Marina, Marciana & Poggio

La Svolta

The philosophy here is laudable: use fresh local produce (organic where possible), ensure that the flavours are as natural as possible, and serve the almost inevitably delectable result in cones or in biodegradable …
Top Choice Seafood in Marciana Marina, Marciana & Poggio

Osteria del Noce

This family-run bistro in hilltop Marciana is the type of place where the bread is homemade and flavoured with fennel, chestnut flour and other seasonal treats. The pasta and seafood dishes and the sweeping views fr…
National Park in Tuscan Archipelago

Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago Toscano

The Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago Toscano safeguards the delicate ecosystems of Elba's seven islands as well as the 600 sq km of sea that washes around them. It's Europe's largest protected marine area and is home…
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'…
Tuscan in Portoferraio

Osteria Libertaria

Fish drives the menu of this traditional osteria – no wonder, as the boats that land it are moored right outside. Traditional dishes such as fried calamari or tonno in crosta di pistacchi (pistachio-encrusted tuna f…