1. Elba Island: Portoferraio Walking Tour
Enjoy a walking tour through the old town of Portoferraio, a surprising pearl of the Mediterranean Sea. Its safe harbor was an important trade center in the ancient times, especially for the Greeks and the Romans who exploited the rich iron mines of the island. Along the stroll, learn the history behind the pink-paved streets and the impressive, fortifications built by the House of Medici, the powerful Italian family, and leading dynasty of the Renaissance. The defensive walls are still almost intact. During your visit from the inside, take a moment to fully appreciate this masterpiece of architecture and engineering. Learn also about Napoleon Bonaparte’s legacy. He arrived at Portoferraio in 1814 and during his short stay he contributed to the flourishing of the town. The building of the two famous residences of the emperor and a gorgeous theatre gave Portoferraio the allure of the royal court. From the fortifications, admire the beautiful white beaches, a perfect ingredient giving Portoferraio a unique blend of history, sun, sea and sand.