The island offers a marvellous variety of scenery, from small hidden coves to long sandy beaches; each corner of Elba holds its own special surprise for visitors. The island is washed by crystal clear water in every shade of blue - a paradise for divers and snorkellers.
It's wooded hills make it ideal for hikers, it's panoramic roads so popular with mountain bikers. Those in search of culture will find it's ancient churches and museums a pleasant alternative to seaside activities.
Already in acient times Elba's destiny was always deternined by two factors: its strategic position and the richness of its mineral resources. Due to these characteristics, it was often the object of conquest for the various powers along the Mediterranean. For the Etruscans and the Romans Elba represented an inexhaustible source of riches and the iron from Elba contributed to the prospering of their civilazation.
During the Medieval period Elba was dominated by Pisa. The remains of some important and striking defensive structures testify to the importance of possessing the island. The Applani Lordship followed, as did the attentions of Cosimo de Medici, who built "Cosmopoli" on top of the ruins of the Roman city of Fabricia - now the capital Portoferraio - and had it surrounded with the impressive walls that saved the inhabitans from many pirate raids. The Spaniads settled in Porto Azzurro and they too made sure to construct defenses on their territory - the imposing San Giacomo Fort still dominates the pleasant landscape.
In the more recent history, the period that made this island famous and placed it on the world map was the brief exile of Napoleon, who stayed here for 10 month prior to his 100 days adventure which was finished in Waterloo. Bonaparte left a significant mark of his short reign: Important reforms and buildings like his Townhouse "Villa dei Mulini" in Portoferraio and his impressive summer residence "San Martino" - which are now museums and can be visited.
The island first opened its doors to tourism soon after 1950 but has managed to preserve it's waters, flora and fauna thanks to its local administration and inhabitants.
A tiny airport services the island, permitting only small planes to land from a few privileged european cities. Most visitors arrive by car, others by train travelling to Piombino Marittima station which is very close to the ferry departures.
This hotel is the perfect place for a romantic getaway as well as a place where families can unwind and share true quality time enjoying the many activities the hotel and the town have to offer. Their salt water pool is very therapeutic. Soak up the sun, play tennis, swim, beach it, enjoy great food and Italian wine, and sip an espresso. This hotel has it all. It is a great place to make a life of vacation memories. Wish I could visit every year, many times each year. I'm looking forward to my trip next.
The staff treats you like family, making sure you enjoy your stay. I have vacationed at this hotel since I was 9 years old, returning many times with my parents and then again with my children. Although this town never changes, no trip has ever been the same. The food is delicious wit h offerings of local fare. Their seafood dishes are their specialties. Being the only hotel in this town on the beach makes this a truly relaxing location.