Marciana Marina, Elba Island » The village
Marciana Marina, one of the most picturesque villages of the island, is framed like a precious jewel among the rocky cliffs. On one side you find the old harbour, in the back the granite massif of the Mount Capanne and on the other side the small touristical harbour protected by the anciant Pisan Tower. The town counts 2.000 inhabitants and is famous for its touristical value and services.
The harbour is dominated by beautiful fortified medicean tower (XVI cent. A.D), that became, since then, the defense and the emblem of the town.
Marciana Marina has been awarded the Blue Flag for the tourist dock.
On the opposite side of the gulf lies 'Il Cotone' the oldest part of Marciana Marina which hosted at its origins only some houses of Ligurian and Napolitan fishermen and sailors.
The link with the past, when centuries of history and popular culture have interlaced a strong social and urban web, is easy to feel walking along the seafront with its tamarins, or through the inner lanes, along the precious and small pieces of land, jeallously surrounded by strong walls and carefully cultivated.
The sea influenced marciana marina as well as the old farming traditions. The large amount of fish and the protected harbour always helped the fishing activities and the people from Marciana Marina were always good navigators and mariners and distinguished themselves as famous captains and admirals.
Also very beautiful and absolutely to see are the surroundings of Marciana Marina which are worthwhile a longer visit.
Poggio and Marciana for example, two old mountain villages, one in front of the other. They can be reached over the road that leads to the Mount Capanne. From these villages you have a breathtaking panoramic view over the valley and the gulf of Marciana Marina, and the islands of the tuscan archipelago Capraia and Gorgona.