Elba Island diving sites: discover 6 ancient Roman shipwrecks

Elba Island Roman shipwrecks

The Elviscot wreck is one of the most famous of Elba Island. But it is not the only one. And, above all, it is not the oldest. Because, in the sea of this beautiful island, there are several Roman shipwrecks. These six, to be precise, invaluable evidences of how ancient is the history of the island.

  • Relitti di Sant’Andrea. These are two different shipwrecks (wreck A and wreck B) near capo Sant’Andrea, along the northwestern coast of Elba Island. The wreck A lies at a depth of ten meters, the wreck B at 45 meters. In addition to these Roman shipwrecks, were found many amphorae.
  • Relitto del Nasuto. Punta del Nasuto is located near Marciana Marina, on the northern coast of the island. The shipwreck lies at 65 meters under the sea. On the sandy seabed, there are several dolia (large earthenware vases).
  • Relitto di Chiessi. Discovered in 1966 and, unfortunately, widely looted, this wreck lies at 46 meters under the sea along the western coast of Elba. Originally, the ship contained thousands of amphorae and other artefacts.
  • Relitto di Procchio. It is one of the most important Roman shipwrecks ever found. In fact, this small ship, which lies at two meters under the sea level, contained a real archaeological treasure made of glass and gold goblets, perfume bottles, vases, oil lamps, mortars, amphorae.
  • Relitto di Punta Cera. In the bay of Porto Azzurro, on the southeast coast of Elba, a Roman shipwreck lies at 35 meters under the sea level. The ship contained a large cargo of amphorae.

If you are real divers, these six shipwrecks are unforgettable dive sites.


Image source: Di Ferpint – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26478808

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