Legend has it that the Venus, the goddess of love, once lost her necklace in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The pearls from the necklace were scattered across the sea and became the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago:
Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Gorgona and Giannutri. Seven islands surrounded by four seas: the Ligurian Sea, the Piombino Channel, the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Corsican Channel. Each with its own flourishing vegetation, identity, culture and history.
The beautiful beaches will charm you whether sandy or pebbly, wild or well-equipped. Magical trips on sailing boats are waiting, for you to discover heavenly, hidden coves and marvellous, marine landscapes. But these islands are not just about the sea: the area’s Etruscan, Roman and Medieval past has left a wealth of art history to be discovered along criss-crossing routes.
Pathways with breath-taking views are perfect for sporty types who want to venture out into nature. And if you want to relax, spoil yourself with the local food and wine specialities, by strolling around the shops and colourful markets and by savouring the spectacular sunrise from the nightclubs along the seafront.
Plunge into the blue waters around Elba, a paradise for snorkelers, with seabeds rich in coloured marine flora and fauna
Follow the route that takes you through the Emperor Napoleon’s favourite places on Elba: Villa dei Mulini, the Vigilanti Theatre and Villa San Martino
Enjoy Elba’s Butterfly Sanctuary: follow the pathway of about 2 km to appreciate the beauty of more than 50 species of butterfly, a few of which are quite rare
Take a trip to the island of Giglio, from Roman ruins and Medieval walls, to spectacular beaches with the scent of the Mediterranean macchia
Visit the ruins of Villa di Agrippa, an exceptional Roman complex on the island of Pianosa, overlooking the Cala Giovanna beach
Discover Montecristo, the most untouched island of the archipelago, made famous by the novel “The Count of Montecristo” by Alexandre Dumas
Take a boat trip to discover pristine coves and wild caves
Go whale and dolphin-spotting on the clear waters of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park: an unparalleled and extraordinary trip in this wonderful, protected area
Let your hair down at a beach party in Cavoli, listen to live music at the Garden Beach in Marina di Campo or dance ‘til dawn at the Butterfly, Giannino or Club 64
Go shopping in the vibrant markets of Marina di Campo and Portoferraio: unique boutiques, antiques shops, evening stalls perfect for buying a gift or souvenir