Elba Cruises, Italy
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You’ll wave Portoferraio goodbye as we head off for a panoramic tour of this beautiful Mediterranean isle, making short stops to admire the beautiful bays of Biodola and Procchio. Our first main stop is at the charming old fishing town of Marina di Campo. You’ll have time to explore its pretty port, painted houses and Pisan tower, which was once used as a watch point. From here, we’ll drive along the south coast road, with another short stop to take photos of the bays of Lacona, Laconella and Golfo Stella. We’ll then take you to Porto Azzurro where you’ll have free time to wander the port town, which is dominated by an ancient Spanish fortress. It’s also home to a pretty fisherman’s harbour and numerous shops selling minerals and crystals.
This tour teams up a visit to the pretty village of Porto Azzurro with wine tasting at a vineyard that was frequented by Napolean. You’ll leave Portoferraio – Elba’s capital – behind and enjoy a scenic drive, with breathtaking views over the bays of Lacona, Laconella and Golfo Stella along the way. Your first stop is Porto Azzurro, the island’s second port where, after a brief introduction from your guide, you’ll have free time to explore its shops, medieval fortress and picturesque harbour at your own pace. It’s then time for the second half of your excursion at the countryside winery of La Chiusa – a beautiful vineyard overlooking the Med. You’ll take a tour of the estate’s cellar to learn how the wine is produced. The cellar, country house, walls and mini chapel here all date back to the 1700’s and Napoleon visited the winery on two occasions. Before we head back to base, you’ll sample the wine in gardens looking out over the sea and also enjoy a sample of snacks like bruschetta and local cheese.
In May 1814, Napoleon was exiled to this tiny isle for 300 days and this tour traces the history of this famous figurehead with a visit to one of his two island residences, both of which are now museums. Depending on the day you go, you’ll either visit his town residence, Villa dei Mulini or his countryside residence, Villa San Martino. At his town house, in Portoferraio city centre, you’ll see his study, reception hall, bedroom and library. And if you head to the countryside residence, his Room of the Doves, Egyptian Room and beautiful manicured gardens are on the agenda. Just so you know there’s an uphill walk to reach both sites. Afterwards, we’ll take you to Porto Azzurro, where you’ll have time to explore this port town’s medieval fortress, fishing harbour and shops.