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Get to know Elba (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Elba. To help you make friends with Elba before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Elba is also named and spelled Elba Island - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

The largest island in Italy’s Tuscan Archipelago, Elba offers a somewhat secluded charm to visitors – despite a rich history and lush natural life. Elba, and the rest of the Tuscan Island chain tucked into the Tyrrhenian Sea, make up the largest marine park in Europe.

Elba is primarily remembered as the location of Napoleon’s exile in 1814, but the history of this island goes back to prehistory, when Elba was home to the Ilvati tribe from Liguria. The island was then inhabited by the Romans, who took advantage of Elba’s rich iron deposits and healing mud baths.

Memories of this deep history can still be found on the island today. History buffs can browse the archaeological artifacts located in Elba’s museums, visit some of the large fortresses and military structures like the Castello del Voltarraio, and even explore the gorgeous Napoleonic residences of the 1800s, including the Palazzina dei Mulini.

While Elba’s historical attractions are many, what brings most travelers to hostels and hotels in this area are the sparkling blue sea and the expansive beaches. Tourists appreciate the island’s stunning tropical landscapes that make this Mediterranean destination seem more like an exotic Caribbean island.

Tourism here is thriving, and Elba offers a wide variety of hotels and hostels to choose from. Accommodation here is as varied as the activities available on the island – just outside the door of your hotel or hostel, you can either go snorkeling and diving through Elba’s rich seabeds, mountain biking and hiking through the lush island greenery, or relaxing at San Giovanni’s thermal baths.

Elba can be reached from the Italian mainland via ferry, but there is also an airport on the island that offers flights that connect in Switzerland or Italy. Cycling is the most popular mode of transportation on the island, and tourists can easily rent a bike to get around.

Written by local enthusiast for Elba hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Elba hostels Jakob Lombardi

Your Packing List for Elba

Your Packing List for Elba

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Elba and Italy.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Suvereto (47 Km / 29 mi.)
Sassetta (49 Km / 31 mi.)
Massa Marittima (58 Km / 36 mi.)

Travel Tips for Elba - from the Community

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