Archaeological sites on Elba Island: 5 sites and 3 museums to see in a holiday


Elba Island has an ancient history. It was first Etruscan. Then, at the time of Ancient Rome, appreciated by the patricians for the beauty of the sea. An ancient history that you’d like to discover during the next holiday. Here are the five archaeological sites of the island that you must not miss.

  1. Roman Villa delle Grotte. It had to be a very large and majestic building, designed for a rich or important person. The ruins are in Grotte, near Portoferrai. The villa was in a position from which enjoy a beautiful view of the sea.
  2. The Etruscan necropolis. The Etruscans were mysterious people who left several testimonies on Elba Island. Such as the necropolis. There are many on the island: in Portoferraio, in Monte Castello in Procchio, Volterraio (the namesake castle is one of the historical beauty of the island), in Castiglione di San Martino.
  3. Linguella Roman Villa. Today is incorporated within the Medici fortress of Portoferraio. At the end of the promontory that closes the dock of Portoferraio are the remains of what must have been a Roman villa dating back to the first century BC.
  4. Monte Serra. On Monte Serra, near Rio, there was an Etruscan temple, possibly dedicated to Tinia, by far the most important Etruscan god.
  5. Roman Villa boss Castle. In Cavo are the remains of a third Roman villa, built between the first century BC and the first century A.D. The villa consisted of two parts: the first, the noble part, stood on a promontory to enjoy a splendid view of the sea.

These five archaeological sites will give you a first taste of the history of Elba island. To know more, provided you have three museums:

  • The Archaeological Museum of the mining district (Rio nell’Elba);
  • The Civic Archaeological Museum of Marciana;
  • The Archaeological Museum Linguella (Portoferraio).


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