Elba Island Travel Guide
Elba Island Local History
Elba is the largest island in the Tuscan Archipelgo and the third largest in Italy. It is also the nearest to Continental Europe. Because of its iron mines, Elba has always had a big historical importance. Ligures, Greeks, Romans and Pisans all occupied the island until the Middle Ages
The Medici built up the walls of Portoferraio and also developed the tuscany culture. Napoleon, although his stay was short, built streets, developed laws to favour the mines and designed the flag of the island, still in use today. The iron mines are no longer in operation and Elba relies on tourism for its economy.
Elba Island Attractions
Elba Island Parks & Gardens
Acquaviua - It has a small white pebble beach and is only 80m in length and it is reached by a short journey from the car park. It is situated on the north coast and can be exposed to the north and westerly winds. It has no facilities and is about 6km from Portoferraio.
Parco Nazionale Arcipelago Toscano - When the Tyrrhenian Venus emerged from the waves of the sea, seven gemstones fell from her tiara and the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago were born, with Elba Island, being one of them. This is the ancient legend of the birth of the Tuscan Archipelago and extols the great role played by the sea, which is the essence of this park. It is a protected, terrestrial area of just under 18000 hectares and a marine area of 60 000 hectares. There are areas where visitors can dive amongst the most breathtaking corals, swim with the dolphins and enjoy the crystal clear waters.
Elba Island Restaurants and Bars
Elba Island Restaurants
da Gianni Ristorante - dei. F lli Ippolito and C.snc. It offers regional and Apulian kitchen with seafood being its speciality. The atmosphere is simple and comfortable, with airconditioning. Some menu items include starters of seafood, spaghetti with clams, baked risotto with seafood and spaghetti, done fisherman style.
Ristorante Iguanarana Grill and Saloon - Loc. Valdana 15. From apetizers of Texas beans and chips to antipasta and grills from the oven or fire, salads, sandwiches and side pizza's, it has something on the menu for everybody. There is live music and drinks specials, most nights.
Ristorante Messicano - Sarabanda - Loc.Molino. This Mexican restaurant and Latin music bar specializes in all things Mexican from salso, tacos, pizzas, paella to tequila bum bum.
Useful Elba Island Links
Elba: tuscany's Island
All about Elba: ferry, hotels, rent a car and more.
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