We've been in a wonderful village, with an amazing view on the sea and the Tuscan Coast. The village is one of the oldest places in Tuscany, very well preserved, it's a travel through time, buildings ooze with history and the rest is nature. It's hedged by a chestnut forest in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.
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.
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