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Elba: Our most recommended tours and activities

Island of Elba: Walking tour in the old town of Portoferraio

1. Island of Elba: Walking tour in the old town of Portoferraio

See the highlights of Portoferraio's Old Town with a tour guide. Meet your guide in front of the Info Park bookshop (Viale Elba 10, Portoferraio). Follow your guide to discover the Renaissance structure of the town and the places of interest in ancient Portoferraio. Take in the city's impressive defensive structures and fortified bastions. Learn about the city's defense system as you discover Forte Falcone and the Passannante Tower. Hear about Napoleon's exile to Elba at the Villa dei Mulini, where he lived. Enjoy countless photo opportunities and views of the cliffs and beaches on the island's north coast.

Marciana Marina: Elba Island Full-Day Kayaking Tour

2. Marciana Marina: Elba Island Full-Day Kayaking Tour

Dive into adventure with a sea kayaking trip from Marciana Marina to Elba island which is nestled in the stunning Tuscan Archipelago National Park. Learn about the island's ecosystem and geology as you paddle along. Be greeted by your instructor that trained through FICK, the British Canoeing federation, and the I.S.K.G.A. federation. Depart from Marciana Marina on your excursion to Elba. Enjoy the use of high-quality, well-maintained equipment and kayaks. Visit the island's most evocative stretches of coast and take the opportunity to swim in its crystal clear waters. Learn about different sea kayaking techniques and apply these lessons as you go. Hear about aspects related to the geology and biology of the island. Return to your starting point in Marciana Marina.

Tuscany: Ripalte Design Winery Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour

3. Tuscany: Ripalte Design Winery Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour

Allow yourself to journey through the flavors and aromas of the grapes of the Island of Elba. Walk among the vineyard rows stretching towards the Tuscan Archipelago and listen to the story of winemaking. Taste several types of wine, try locally made cheeses, and bask in the atmosphere. Arrive at the Ripalte Design Winery and explore this 1000 acre private property. Tour the estate and learn the varieties of grapes that grow there and the local legends and fascinating facts of the area. Enter the design cellar and marvel at the work of the architect, Tobia Scarpa. Overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea and taste the local wines of the island. Try 3 wines produced at the winery. Varieties include rosé, sparkling, white, red wine, and the dessert red wine Aleatico dell'Elba. Pair the tasting with domestic products from Tuscany. Enjoy local cured meats and flavored cheeses of various types. Immerse yourself in the magical ambience of a private natural oasis.

Elba Island: E-Bike Tour

4. Elba Island: E-Bike Tour

This tour will make you explore the Rio Marina Mining Park. Together with the guide, you will be able to customize the route based on your physical preparation and your passions and curiosities. Depart from Rio Marina in the direction of loc. Capo Pero, (20min) up to the climb to the first quarry of the mining park (20min). Stop at the first quarry (20min), restart towards the characteristic Red Lake or Laghetto delle Conche (15min) and stop for photos (30min). Then ride towards Valle Giove (25min) and descend towards the Cantiere del Bacino (20min) and then take the road back to Rio Marina up to the characteristic Torrione del Porto (15min) and then return to the starting waypoint (20min).

Elba Island: Portoferraio Walking Tour

5. 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.

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