Discover Elba 8 main towns: Portoferraio, Marina di Campo, Rio Elba, Porto azzurro, capoliveri, Marciana, Marciana Marina and Rio Marina

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Discover Elba towns

Indulge in our towns and rural villages, stroll along their characteristic stradine (narrow streets) and charming piazzette (small squares), listen to old stories and curiosities told by local people. The Island of Elba is divided into 8 municipalities, of which the port town of Portoferraio is the main one, well connected by passenger and car ferry services with Piombino on the mainland. The other 7 lay around the Island. The term "marina" next to the town name means "seaside". So the ancient town of Marciana in the mountains looks down at the seaside town of Marciana Marina. Following the southern coastline, we reach the popular summer resort of Marina di Campo, where "Marina" is the marine counterpart of "Campo", a village found on the surrounding hills. On the other side of Elba, Capoliveri independent soul is set free on the top of a high hill, while beautiful Porto Azzurro, with its great Spanish Fort, is reflected in the nearby sea. Going on ahead towards eastern Elba, we meet the two ancient mine towns of Rio nell'Elba, built upstream the rich mineral quarries, and Rio Marina, which developed as a port and mine town.



Portoferraio
bewitching town

Portoferraio

Wanting to trace the origins of Portoferraio, we must go back to the ancient Roman period. Approaching from the sea in the 1st century BC, the bay of Portoferraio appeared guarded by 2 luxurious Patrician villas...
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Rio nell'Elba
an ancient town

Rio nell'Elba

The town of Rio was built upstream the rich mineral quarries in Eastern Elba and close to an inexhaustible water spring. In the Middles Ages, it developed thanks to iron extraction and processing activities...
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Capoliveri
Caput Liberi

Capoliveri, Via Roma, by Fiona Buttigieg

"It certainly isn't an island, the island of Elba. I believed it was, too, for a long time, and that its "islandness" was its charm, the certainty of being able to leave ten kilometers of ocean between you and the world every night."
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Marciana
guardian of the Island

Marciana

According to tradition, Marciana would owe its name to Marcius, a common first name in ancient Roman times. Another hypothesis leads to the Latin verb marcerare, meaning to ret hemp and linen, which were customary activities on Elba.
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Porto Azzurro
What a Marvelous Town!

Porto Azzurro

The country road leading us home crosses Piano di Mola, a flat area rich in vineyards and cultivated fields, close to Porto Azzurro. The fragrance of grapes laid out to dry mixes with scents of freshly cut hay and aromatic herbs scattered along the ditches...
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Marina di Campo
and Campo nell'Elba Town Council

 Marina di Campo

Like many other villages scattered around the Island known as the "Marine of...", Marina di Campo is the marine 'counterpart' of a village found on the surrounding hills. Where is the 'mountain' village of Campo though?
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Portoferraio
Rio nell'Elba
Campo nell'Elba
Marciana Marina
Porto Azzurro
Capoliveri
Rio Marina
Marciana

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Article from 2014 Elbaper2 magazine by Cinzia Battaglia on every day life at the times of mines in Capoliveri and Rio Marina

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THE SEA GATES TO ELBA ISLANDTHE SEA GATES TO ELBA ISLAND new
Article from 2014 Elbaper2 magazine by Massimo Amadio on safe mooring and hospitality amidst the history and nature of Portoferraio, Porto Azzurro and Marciana Marina

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Article from 2011 Elbaper2 magazine by Gloria Peria on Portoferraio vanished churches.

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