The 5 Most Beautiful Pearls of the Isola d’Elba

The largest of the Tuscan Archipelago and the third largest in Italy, the Isola d’Elba with its over 150 beaches is a real natural jewel of Italy. Historically known since ancient times for its iron mines (Ilva cum ferri metallis, “Ilva with the iron mines”, wrote Pliny the Elder in the first century AD) and for being the refuge of the “little corporal” Bonaparte during his first exile, Elba is now a tourist destination among the most sought after by foreign tourists, because of its incredible natural beauty and rustic italian charm, that blends ancient tradition and gentle Mediterranean life. Among its many gems, here are five must-see places to visit if you want to fully appreciate all the colors that this pearl of the Mediterranean can offer.

Monte Capanne

From the summit of this mountain, which with its 1019 meters of altitude is the highest island’s relief, when the sky is clear you can lay your eyes on a unique and immense view, which includes all the islands coming up to Corsica. Also for lovers of wild nature and trekking there are numerous trails that will lead you among fragrant orchids of oaks, ancient settlements covered by the green until you reach the top, to find yourselves somewhere between heaven and earth, to 1000 meters high surrounded by emerald green sea of ​​the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. (For more info, click here)

Spiaggia di Cavoli

Although deriving its name from “cavili”, big granite blocks already squared that were once extracted from quarries in the area, the Cavoli beach is made up of a sandy span of over 300 meters in a small beach sheltered by strong currents, making the beach particularly suitable for bathing out of season. Among the most famous of the island due to the transparency of its waters, the ease of access, the mild climate and its warm, white sand, this beach is a real landmark for anyone visiting the island. (For more info, click here)

Cala dei Frati

100 meters long and deep less than 10, the hidden and reserved Cala dei Frati is reachable only by sea or through a challenging walk that also includes features to wade, for the more adventurous. Sheltered from the winds, it is also composed on the backdrop of well-polished white pebbles that look like sunlight reflecting mirrors, and which make the water transparent as glass. The only drawback, the few hours of sunshine available because of the high promontory that overlooks. (For more info, click here)

Spiaggia di Sciopparello

Consisting of sand mixed with pebbles of various colors and sizes, the Schiopparello beach is among the most picturesque because of the many tamarisk trees near the beach and the amazing view that opens its eyes on the enchanting Portoferraio. Relatively sheltered, the beach is frequented mainly by locals, another reason to enjoy a relaxing day at one of the most preserved places on the island. (For more info, click here)

Villa di San Martino

In the middle of the green countryside about 5 km from Portoferraio, Villa San Martino was once the residence where Napoleon lived in exile. The majestic neoclassical architecture was built by the Count Demidoff, a distant relative of the great general who in 1851 wanted to build an environment worthy of the imperial era, using his collection of Napoleonic memorabilia. These include paintings and miniatures, treasures from the Egyptian campaign and gorgeous tapestries desired by Napoleon himself. A place where history has passed, another marvelous wonder of this paradisiacal island. (For more info, click here)

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