Hotel - Residence - Wine production - Sailing School - Diving - Elba Island
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Beaches and small pebble coves. The combination of rocks and sand is framed by the lush Mediterranean scrub and lines of Tamarisk trees.
The magical colours of the Bay create a magnificent view, which makes it no surprise to learn that in the 1st century AD several Roman families chose to make it their home. Of the three villas built on Elba, two of them lie in the Gulf of Portoferraio: Le Grotte and La Linguella.
The strait that lies between the city of Portoferraio and the Point of Scarpellini together with the coast that surrounds it have formed the backdrop to many ancient peoples that have left traces of their presence throughout the territory. This limb of the island bears historical witness to Roman, Romanesque, Medici and French settlements.
The church of Santo Stefano of Le Trane and the castle of Volterraio, that dominates the bay, indicate the presence of the Marine Republic of Pisa who, during Medieval Times, provided the entire island with defensive measures against the repeated attacks of pirates.
The imposing complex of the Medici fortress, built by the first Cosimo de Medici in the 16th Century was constructed to defend Cosmopoli, known in ancient Roman times as FABRICIA, FERAJA during the Medevial, and that eventually became known as PORTOFERRAIO.
The most important traces left by the French domination are linked to the exile of Napoleon Bonaparte on Elba: his official residence Villa dei Mulini situated in the ancient centre of Portoferraio, his summer residence in San Martino, the Vigilanti theatre and the museum of Misericordia.
The strategic position of the bay has earned it, since antiquity, an important role in securing the safe passage of vessels navigating the Mediterranean Sea and today provides an ideal playground for those wishing to learn the art of sailing.
The transparent waters and the richness and variety of marine fauna have led to the creation of a zone of marine biological conservation. Lo Scoglietto, established in 1971, which includes the stretch of water between Punta Falcone and Capo Bianco; provides perfect diving and snorkelling locations, as indicated in the new Guida Blu, published by the Legambiente and Touring Club.
Beneath the lush Mediterranean foliage lies a network of footpaths to satisfy even the most experienced hiker or mountain-biker. For the less adventurous there is the opportunity to visit the botanical garden of Ottone. Created by Doctor Giuseppe Garbari, the garden measures over 20,000mq and contains numerous varieties and species of exotic plants, each with its botanical explanation.
In the Schiopparello and Magazzini Plain, bound on one side by a long sandy shore and on the other by forested hills, traditional vineyards and olivegroves produce a vast amount of DOC wines and ICP olive oil (indicazione geografica protetta).
Behind the Tamarisk trees that line the beach, is one of the last remaining wetland areas on Elba, the wild flora and fauna protected by the Region of Tuscany. At the beginning of Spring, the area is covered with wild buttercups and a rare variety of marsh iris.
Close by, golf lovers can test their skills on a golf course immersed in Mediterranean greenery, surrounded by forests of Holm oak, pine and eucalyptus trees.
Last but not least, one of the major centres of thalassotherapy in Italy offers a combination of wellbeing and vacation. The Baths of San Giovanni, located within a park of 150,000 mq offer cures for osteoarticular, dermatological and respiratory problems. Being a short walk from the marine-rich laguna, its easy to catch a glimpse of the spread wings of a Cormorant drying itself in the sun, or a heron in search of a meal.