Portoferraio, Italy

Introduction to Portoferraio, Italy

Experience the Medicean city of Portoferraio.

Almost untouched by time, you can wander the streets of the well preserved historic centre with its characteristic old buildings with flowering balconies, narrow alleyways and panoramic squares that lead up to medicean fortifications. Stop to experience the incredible culture of eating that Italy offers.

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HISTORIC ELBA & SAN MARTINO (TOUR A)

  •  Enjoy impressive panoramic vistas of Portoferraio
  •  Visit Villa San Martino; the summer residence of Emperor Napoleon
  •  Sit back relax and enjoy a panoramic drive to Porto Azzurro
  •  Admire Porto Azzurro, a charming fishing village located on the eastern coast of Elba
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £30.00
DurationApprox 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  •  Enjoy impressive panoramic vistas of Portoferraio
  •  Visit Villa San Martino; the summer residence of Emperor Napoleon
  •  Sit back relax and enjoy a panoramic drive to Porto Azzurro
  •  Admire Porto Azzurro, a charming fishing village located on the eastern coast of Elba


Discover the island of Elba, stretching 14 miles long by six miles wide, known not only for its natural beauty, but also for its link with French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Travel to Villa San Martino, where you will have a guided tour of the museum and the Demidoff gallery. Following your visit, you re-board your tour coach for a panoramic drive to Porto Azzurro. En route, you will have the opportunity to take photographs of the bays of Lacona, Laconella and Golfo Stella during a photo stop.  Arriving in Porto Azzurro, enjoy some free time to explore the picturesque harbour and numerous shops selling minerals and crystals independently. During your return journey, you shall stop at Punta delle Grotte, where you can enjoy the view over the city of Portoferraio.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing over uneven terrain. There will be 20 steps to negotiate. There is an uphill walk to reach Villa San Martino. Depending on the berth of our ship, there may be a walk of up to 100 metres to reach the tour vehicles, and vice versa. Walking undertaken during the period of free time is at the discretion of the individual. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.
 


HISTORICAL ELBA & VILLA DEI MULINI (TOUR E)

  • Visit the famous Villa dei Mulini – home to Napoleon during his exile in 1814
  • Discover the tranquil village of Porto Azzurro

 

Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

On this tour, uncover the history of Napoleon’s stay on the island of Elba.

You begin your tour on foot, strolling through the narrow picturesque streets of Portoferraio, to Villa dei Mulini, one of Napoleon’s two residences on the island. Now a carefully preserved museum housing beautiful furniture and memorabilia of Napoleon’s 300 days of exile on the Island, the villa, perched high above the town, also offers fantastic views over the bay.

Continuing on, you board your coach for a panoramic drive to Porto Azzurro, where you will have some time to explore the picturesque village with its medieval fortress and fishing harbour at leisure. During your drive to Porto Azzurro, have your camera to hand to capture some fantastic views over the bays of Lacona, Laconella and Golfo Stella. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The visit to the Villa dei Mulini will operate on foot. To reach the villa there is a walk of approximately 15 minutes, some of which is uphill and involves negotiating approximately 115 steps. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes. 

 


Tour B

PORTOFERRAIO WALKING TOUR (TOUR B)

  •  Appreciate a guided walking tour of this beautiful town
  •  Learn about the history of delightful Portoferraio
  •  Enjoy time at leisure in this charming area
Price£25.00 - £20.00
DurationApprox 2 Hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
  •  Appreciate a guided walking tour of this beautiful town
  •  Learn about the history of delightful Portoferraio
  •  Enjoy time at leisure in this charming area


Enjoy a guided walk through time as you visit the Roman, Medici and Napoleonic town of Portoferraio.

A walk into town, will take you to your first stop, a visit to Vigilanti Theatre. Continuing, you visit the museum of ‘Villa dei Mulini’, before proceeding towards the Star Fortress (Forte Stella), one of the strongholds of the Medici Fortification. Recently restored, the fortress affords a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Portoferraio and the town centre.

Descending down through the old part of the town, you proceed through the old entrance gate to the town – Porta a Mare (‘Gateway to the Sea’). This dates back to 1548, and takes you to the Darsena Harbour, which is home to elegant boats and lined with cafés and exclusive shops and boutiques.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this is a walking tour, with approximately two and a half hours of walking and standing, some of which will be over cobbled, and inclined ground, there will be many steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Should our call fall on a Tuesday, the visit to the museum will be an external visit only.
 


Tour E

SCENIC ELBA & WINE TASTING (TOUR D)

  •  Visit Capoliveri, located in the heart of Elba’s mining area
  •  Discover the coasts of Capoliveri, some of the most beautiful on the island with small bays with crystal-clear water
  •  Enjoy La Chiusa, nestled in a vineyard estate, surrounded by olive trees overlooking the ocean
  •  Appreciate the impressive views of Portoferraio and the coast
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox 3.5 Hrs
LimitationLimited to 90 Guests
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
  •  Visit Capoliveri, located in the heart of Elba’s mining area
  •  Discover the coasts of Capoliveri, some of the most beautiful on the island with small bays with crystal-clear water
  •  Enjoy La Chiusa, nestled in a vineyard estate, surrounded by olive trees overlooking the ocean
  •  Appreciate the impressive views of Portoferraio and the coast


This tour will allow you to Cherish Elba Island, appreciate Elba’s good beaches and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a delightful conclusion at La Chiusa, where you can enjoy a tasting in the estate garden.

Set out for a scenic drive of the southern region of this charming island. Your first stop is at the enchanting village of Capoliveri, which preserves a medieval atmosphere in its sober yet elegant and graceful architecture. A viewpoint here offers an impressive panoramic view out over the gulfs of Lacona and Marina di Campo. Upon arrival here, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the old streets, before you are given some free time to explore independently or browse the small shops and boutiques.

Continuing travel to the old 17th century country wine farm La Chiusa. During your visit here, discover how the wine is produced and handled, before enjoying a tasting of the vineyard’s passiti, accompanied by light snacks. During your return journey pass Punta delle Grotte, which affords impressive views of Portoferraio and the coast.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves an approximate 500-metre walk from the coach to the wine farm, and vice versa, and around 400 metres at the vineyard the amount of walking undertaken. Unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchair users, as gravelled terrain will be encountered. Depending on the berth of our ship, there may be a walk of up to 100 metres to the tour coaches, and vice versa. You will enjoy some free time in Capoliveri, where is at the discretion of the individual.


Tour E

SCENIC ELBA (TOUR E)

  •  Enjoy a delightful drive of the Southern region of this charming island
  •  Visit the enchanting village of Capoliveri & Porto Azzurro
  •  Admire some superb panoramic vistas
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £25.00
DurationApprox 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Suitable for wheelchairsSuitable for wheelchairs
  •  Enjoy a delightful drive of the Southern region of this charming island
  •  Visit the enchanting village of Capoliveri & Porto Azzurro
  •  Admire some superb panoramic vistas


The coast of Capoliveri offers some of the most beautiful views on the island, with overhanging cliffs and small bays with crystal-clear water; today you will enjoy these scenic views, followed by some free time in Capoliveri & Porto Azzurro.

Travel from Elba Island's busy capital, to the enchanting village of Capoliveri, located in the heart of Elba's mining area. Here, you will stop at a viewpoint, which offers superb panoramic vistas out over the gulfs of Lacona and di Campo. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the twisting old streets followed by some free time to browse amongst the village’s tiny shops and boutiques. Continue your drive to Porto Azzurro, where a stop will be made allowing you time to relax whilst wandering around the tiny village. On your return journey pass Punta delle Grotte, to admire some splendid views of the delightful coastal scenery.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, and is therefore suitable for guest with limited mobility or wheelchair users, providing guests can board the coach unaided. Depending on the berth of our ship, there may be a walk of up to 100 metres to the tour coaches, and vice versa. You will enjoy some free time in Capoliveri & Porto Azzurro, where the amount of walking undertaken is at the discretion of the individual.


TOUR C - SCENIC ISLAND DRIVE (TOUR C)

  • Enjoy the beauty of the island from the comfort of your coach
  • Visit the medieval village of Capoliveri
  • Relax in the pretty fishing village of Porto Azzurro

 

Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Leaving Elba’s busy capital Portoferraio behind, you will embark on a delightful scenic drive of this beautiful and enchanting Mediterranean island. 

Your first stop is at the enchanting ancient village of Capoliveri, which preserves an almost medieval atmosphere in its architecture - sober yet graceful and elegant. Capoliveri is located in the heart of Elba's mining area, between the iron mines at Mount Calamita and Mount Ginevro.  Pause at a viewpoint which offers superb panoramic views out over the gulfs of Lacona and di Campo. At the foot on this vantage point you will see a wild headland covered with bush, agaves and prickly pears. 

The coastlines of Capoliveri are some of the most beautiful on the island, with overhanging cliffs visited by thousands of seagulls, and small bays with crystal clear waters. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the twisting old streets.

Continue your drive to Porto Azzurro and its colourful waterfront area. Here you will find a maze of alleys with cafés and restaurants, where you can relax and enjoy a drink (at your own expense), or explore the pretty fishing harbour which is dominated by a 17th century Spanish fortification and known for its shops selling minerals and crystals.  

Following your visit, re-board your coach for the journey back to Portoferraio via Punta delle Grotte. Named after the underground rooms of a huge Roman villa, Punta delle Grotte boasts splendid views of Portoferraio and the beautiful coastal scenery.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a limited amount of compulsory walking. The majority of walking in Capoliveri and Porto Azzurro is at the discretion of the individual, therefore this tour is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility, providing individuals can board the coach unaided. 

 


TOUR D - SCENIC ELBA

  • Marvel at the breathtaking scenery on the island of Elba
  • Visit a vineyard that was once home to Napoleon
  • Sample some local delights, including cheese and wine 
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 hours
LimitationLimited to 80 participants
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

This scenic tour will take you to the southern region of the charming island of Elba where you can visit a local vineyard and enjoy a spot of wine tasting.

Leaving the pier, your tour begins with a drive to the ancient village of Capoliveri, which preserves an almost medieval atmosphere in its architecture. The village is situated in the heart of Elba's mining area, between the iron mines at Mount Calamita and Mount Ginevro. Upon arrival, pause at a viewpoint from where you can savour magnificent views over the gulfs of Lacona and di Campo. At the foot on the vantage point you will see a wild headland covered with bush, agaves and prickly pears.

During your visit here, you will see that the coastlines of Capoliveri are some of the most beautiful on the island, with overhanging cliffs and small bays with crystal clear waters. Explore the twisting old streets and enjoy some time at leisure to explore.

Back on board your coach, travel though the island’s stunning countryside before arriving at La Chiusa, a 17th century country wine farm beautifully nestled in a vineyard estate, surrounded by olive trees and overlooking the sea. As with any self-respecting mansion on Elba, La Chiusa claims to have once housed Napoleon during his exile here.

During your visit here, enjoy a tour of the estate's interesting cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced. Out in the garden which faces the coast, savour a tasting of the vineyard's delicious passiti, complemented by an assortment of light snacks including bruschetta and local cheeses. Once your pleasant visit has drawn to a close, walk back to your coach for the return drive to Portoferraio, passing by Punta delle Grotte en route. Named after the underground rooms of a huge Roman villa, Punta delle Grotte affords splendid views of the delightful coastal scenery and of Portoferraio.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, providing participants can board the coach unaided.


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