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Island of Elba

The island offers a marvellous variety of scenery, from small hidden coves to long sandy beaches; each corner of Elba holds its own special surprise for visitors. The island is washed by crystal clear water in every shade of blue - a paradise for divers and snorkellers.

It's wooded hills make it ideal for hikers, it's panoramic roads so popular with mountain bikers. Those in search of culture will find it's ancient churches and museums a pleasant alternative to seaside activities.

BRIEF INFORMATION
The Island of Elba is the third largest Italian island after Sicily and Sardinia and is the largest in the Tuscan Archipelago. It has recently become part of the Tuscan Archipelago's National Park together with the islands of Pianosa, Capraia, Montecristo, Gorgona, Giglio and Giannutri.

Elba has a coastline of 147 km: its main mountain (Monte Capanne) is 1019 metres high, accessed via pathways or by a panoramic cable car.

The climate is always mild with an average annual temperature of ca. 16°;C the average in the winter is about 10°C degrees, 14°C in spring, 23°C degrees in summer and 17°C degree in autumn. The average water temperature of April is always about 19°C degrees, 20°C in May, June about 24°C, 26,8°C degrees in July, in August 27,3°,C September 25,5°C degrees and October 23,1°C degrees.

Measuring 224 square kms, the island is situated 10 kms from the mainland with an excellent ferry boat service taking only one hour from Piombino to Portoferraio (the island's main town).

It has an asphalt road network of 160 km and 80 km of panoramic "macadam" roads.

Already in acient times Elba's destiny was always deternined by two factors: its strategic position and the richness of its mineral resources. Due to these characteristics, it was often the object of conquest for the various powers along the Mediterranean. For the Etruscans and the Romans Elba represented an inexhaustible source of riches and the iron from Elba contributed to the prospering of their civilazation.

During the Medieval period Elba was dominated by Pisa. The remains of some important and striking defensive structures testify to the importance of possessing the island. The Applani Lordship followed, as did the attentions of Cosimo de Medici, who built "Cosmopoli" on top of the ruins of the Roman city of Fabricia - now the capital Portoferraio - and had it surrounded with the impressive walls that saved the inhabitans from many pirate raids. The Spaniads settled in Porto Azzurro and they too made sure to construct defenses on their territory - the imposing San Giacomo Fort still dominates the pleasant landscape.

In the more recent history, the period that made this island famous and placed it on the world map was the brief exile of Napoleon, who stayed here for 10 month prior to his 100 days adventure which was finished in Waterloo. Bonaparte left a significant mark of his short reign: Important reforms and buildings like his Townhouse "Villa dei Mulini" in Portoferraio and his impressive summer residence "San Martino" - which are now museums and can be visited.

The island first opened its doors to tourism soon after 1950 but has managed to preserve it's waters, flora and fauna thanks to its local administration and inhabitants.

A tiny airport services the island, permitting only small planes to land from a few privileged european cities. Most visitors arrive by car, others by train travelling to Piombino Marittima station which is very close to the ferry departures.

Our offers

Planned for you

Here are some of our current offers for the whole season, for you and your family.

We've planned your holidays with children in mind, and we offer you a discount on the ferry that will carry you to one of Tuscany's loveliest destinations.

Ferry Offer
20%-50% discount

Ferry Offer

If you book your holiday accommodation with us, you will get an on line discount on your ferry ticket

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A sunset in Marciana Marina

A holiday in Marciana Marina

They tell about us

This hotel is the perfect place for a romantic getaway as well as a place where families can unwind and share true quality time enjoying the many activities the hotel and the town have to offer. Their salt water pool is very therapeutic. Soak up the sun, play tennis, swim, beach it, enjoy great food and Italian wine, and sip an espresso. This hotel has it all. It is a great place to make a life of vacation memories. Wish I could visit every year, many times each year. I'm looking forward to my trip next.

The staff treats you like family, making sure you enjoy your stay. I have vacationed at this hotel since I was 9 years old, returning many times with my parents and then again with my children. Although this town never changes, no trip has ever been the same. The food is delicious wit h offerings of local fare. Their seafood dishes are their specialties. Being the only hotel in this town on the beach makes this a truly relaxing location.

Our events

July
August

Music Parties

Live music evenings in the lounge bar next to the Hotel entrance with Trio delle Meraviglie.

August

Ferragosto Evening

To celebrate the Feast of the Assumption on 15 August, a lavish buffet in the grounds with live music

ENQUIRIES & RESERVATIONS

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