thinking about spending your holiday in Italy? but quite bored with Rome? visiting Elba Island can be such a great idea!!
Elba is a Mediterranean Island in Tuscany, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the coastal town of Piombino. The largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba is also part of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago and the third largest island in Italy after Sicily and Sardinia. It is located between the Tyrrhenian Sea and Ligurian Sea, about 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of the French island of Corsica.
Elba is not only famous for its beautiful natural scenery and the mild sunshine every year but also for its history. If you’re fans of world history, you should’ve known, Following the Treaty of Fontainebleau, French emperor Napoleon I was exiled to Elba after his forced abdication in 1814 and arrived at Portoferraio on May 3, 1814 to begin his exile there. He was allowed to keep a personal guard of six hundred men. Although he was nominally sovereign of Elba, the island was patrolled by the British Navy.
During the months Napoleon stayed on the island, he carried out a series of economic and social reforms to improve the quality of life, partly to pass the time and partly out of a genuine concern for the well-being of the islanders. Napoleon stayed on Elba for 300 days. He returned to France on February 26, 1815 for the Hundred Days. After his defeat at Waterloo he was subsequently exiled again, this time to the barren and isolated South Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Napoleon’s stay on Elba is the basis for the famous English language palindrome: “Able was I ere I saw Elba.” Internationally, Elba is best known for its connection to Napoleon.
Last year spring break i had an opportunity to visit Elba and it’s totally beyond awesome!!! Uber blue sky, the fresh breeze, perfect cuisine, nice shopping place and here are some pictures of my journey. enjoy people!
How to get there & away?
Elba is an agreeable one-hour ferry journey from Piombino. If you arrive in Piombino by train, take a connecting train on to the port. Boats to Portoferraio are the most frequent, while some call in at Rio Marina, Marina di Campo and Porto Azzurro.
Boats are run by Moby (199 30 30 40; http://www.moby.it) and Toremar (199 12 31 99; http://www.toremar.it in Italian). Unless it is a summer weekend or the middle of August, when queues can form, simply buy a ticket at the port. Fares (€6.50 to €9.50 per person, €20 to €49 per small car) vary according to the season.
Toremar also operates a passenger-only hydrofoil service (€10, 40 minutes) all year round, and, between June and August, a fast vehicle and passenger service (two people/car from €69.20 return) to Portoferraio. (source : lonelyplanet.com)