Once a mining town, today Capoliveri is an international tourist destination. This charming village, situated in the hills of a verdant peninsula, overlooks the surrounding coastline providing an opportunity to admire the magnificent views. From here, most of Elba, the island of Montecristo, Pianosa, the Tuscan coast, even Corsica can be admired in all their beauty; it is almost as if you can reach out and touch them. Its beautiful square, magnificent terrace and illuminated bell tower form the backdrop that awaits you each evening. You can relax as you enjoy an al fresco drink together, an ice cream, a stroll or one of the many events scheduled during the summer (which in recent years has included Festivalbar, Radio in Piazza, Lucio Dalla, Vecchioni, Patty Pravo, Irene Grandi, Luca Carboni, Stadio, the New Trolls and many more).
Situated in the middle of the island’s eastern coast, its marina is one of the most famous, characteristic and safe on this side of Elba. The view of the marina – which, indeed, is one of the largest on the island – provides a fascinating contrast of the blue of the sea against the white of the dozens of boats moored there. In the centre, and close to the hearts of its inhabitants, is Piazza Matteotti; the main commercial area and meeting place for those who wish to enjoy a stroll or to pass time with friends. During the summer months, shows of all types are scheduled to take place in the square – historical, cultural and musical. In the town’s lanes, the Church of Madonna del Carmine and its Oratory of the Sacred Heart of Mary are not to be missed. It was erected by the munificence of the Spanish Governor Don Diego D’Alarcon, who was interred there after his death in 1730.
Naregno and its beach
Naregno is an inlet surrounded by two pine forests shielding it from the stern and ancient gaze of the two Spanish-built forts; Forte Longone just above the village of Porto Azzurro, and Fort Forcardo, built in 1678 for Longone’s protection by the Viceroy of Naples. Discovering the bay of Naregno, one of Elba’s hidden treasures, is like finding a precious pearl in its shell. Just 3 km from the villages of Capoliveri and Porto Azzurro, it is considered an oasis of peace by its regular visitors.
This popular tourist village enjoys a central location and is situated in a beautiful bay. Its beaches – Procchia, Spartaia, Paolina and Guardiola – are among the loveliest on the island and its crystal blue waters are considered, along with those of Pomonte, to be some of the best in the country. While the village itself is not large, it boasts a covered piazza where live music can often be heard in the evenings and a park which serves as the venue for a variety of festivals during the summer months. There are many hotels, villas and apartments spread over the vast, green countryside, and the beach offers a range of amenities.
Since winning its independence from Marciana Alta in 1884, Marciana Marina has had the honour of being one of the smallest towns in Italy. The village’s allure is attributable to its picturesque neighbourhoods, featuring narrow streets and pastel-coloured houses. In the Photographic Gallery, you can get a unique glimpse of our landscape; the past and the present, the flora and the fauna, the sea and much more. The Video section allows you to experience some of the most beautiful facets of Marciana Marina and the surrounding area – it’s the next best thing to actually being here.
The beaches of the bay of Procchio
Cervinia is one of the longest and best-equipped sandy beaches on the island. It was at one time an important centre for the processing of iron and copper, as evidenced by some exceptional archaeological finds, the most notable of which are a smelting furnace and a Roman ship with its precious, perfectly preserved, cargo of amphorae.
A peaceful and ancient mountain village surrounded by chestnut trees, its square – with views of Marciana Marina and other parts of the island – is exceptionally beautiful. Its granite paved back streets are arranged concentrically to the church of San Niccolò, located at the village’s highest point. It is most famous for its natural spring, the Fonte di Napoleone.
At 375 metres above sea level, Marciana is the highest village on the island, and one of the oldest. The Pisan Fortress which dominates the town, in which the inhabitants used to seek refuge during pirate raids, is a testament to this. Its lanes are extremely narrow and jagged, accessible only on foot. A footpath leads you from the village to the sanctuary of the Madonna della Monte. Marciana is also the departure point of the Monte Capanne cable car, from which, on clearer days, Elba and the surrounding islands can be admired in all their glory.
The beach of Sant'Andrea
The renowned tourist attraction of Sant’Andrea and the granite cliffs that overlook it, smoothed by the wind and sea (insofar as granite can be smoothed down!), will leave you speechless. This is especially true during the spring when the promontory is completely covered by fuchsia-coloured flowers, lending it an otherworldly air. It is particularly popular with those who love to spend their holiday in complete serenity as they sunbathe on the rocks.
The beaches of Fetovaia e Cavoli
This small part of the island can be found wedged between the rugged landscape of the southern slopes of Monte Capanne and the breathtaking beach below. Granite columns, thought to date back to Roman times but most likely Pisan in origin, can still be found a couple of metres beneath the shoreline.