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, the noble Valerii family. Foundations, walls and columns are scattered over two levels, first excavated in the 1960s and still being studied by archaeologists.

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