Discover Portoferraio: 6 beautiful places that you really should see

what to see in Portoferraio

You have chosen Elba Island for your vacation. In particular, you have decided to stay in its main town, a town with so many beautiful places to discover. And now, you only need to know what to see in Portoferraio.


1. The old town centre

According to many, this can be considered the most beautiful part of the island’s main town. The old town centre of Portoferraio is an authentic treasure of castles, villas, fortresses, picturesque alleys, old churches. And all this is just near the sea, which offers its breeze and its scents.


2. The house of Napoleon

The French Emperor stayed on Elba Island for about a year, from May 4th, 1814, to February 27th, 1815. Napoleon changed the island, making it more modern and efficient. In particular, he had two residences: Villa dei Mulini and Villa San Martino. Villa dei Mulini is located in the old town centre of Portoferraio.


3. The Medici fortresses

Built from 1548 by Cosimo de’ Medici (hence the name of the fortresses), the Medici fortresses are a system of fortifications that was the main defence of the city. The very first to be built were Forte Falcone, Forte Stella and Torre della Linguella.


4. The Roman villas

Near Portoferraio there are the ruins of two ancient Roman villas: the first is villa romana delle Grotte, in the homonymous village; the second is villa romana della Linguella, in the structure of Torre della Linguella.


5. The surroundings

Among the things to see in Portoferraio, there are some towns nearby: in particular, Porto Azzurro, Marina di Campo, Capoliveri and Campo nell’Elba.


6. The beaches

You’re on Elba. In other words, the things to see in Portoferraio include some wonderful beaches. Near the main town, there are five of the most beautiful beaches on Elba Island: delle Ghiaie, Padulella, Capo Bianco, Sansone ed Enfola.

In summer, they are unforgettable places. In the other seasons, they will give you fascinating panoramas.


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