There is no doubt: Portoferraio is well worth a visit.

A pioneer in Elba’s tourist industry, Residence Capobianco still enjoys a pre-eminent role in the island’s hospitality.

It has a fine position.  Protected in a residential area, at the end of an unpaved road, surrounded by a garden of Mediterranean plants, by the sea, it is at Portoferraio, a few minutes from the ferries, the old town, the Medici port and the marina of the island’s capital, the ancient harbour with shelter from all winds.


From the view from Residence Capobianco there is no mistaking the massive size of the fortifications, built on the basis of perfect geometrical ratios: an impregnable fortress, nowadays Elba’s capital is a town for holidaying all year round, not only offering bars, restaurants and shops on the seafront, but also the starting-point for itineraries and trails which cross Elba in all directions, and the embarkation point for boat trips to explore the other islands in the Tuscan Archipelago.

Portoferraio, Elba

Within Portoferraio, the fortifications of old Cosmopoli remain, some restored and accessible, others transformed into a picture gallery, museums, theatres and indoor and outdoor cinemas, in a blend of historic relics, cultural and architectural monuments and natural history that embraces the semicircle of the whole gulf.

Are we seeking out the shape of one of two elegant homes used by Napoleon, or is our attention drawn to a beach beneath the imperial windows? From the beach to the seafront quays, there are many traces of the first Roman settlement and the ancient seafaring tradition, which made Portoferraio roads famous throughout the Mediterranean over the centuries.

Taking an urban walk up the narrow pink limestone streets, or discovering Portoferraio from the sea, are two of our recommendations, to create a new itinerary every time, and to build a memorable holiday experience together with us, the people of Elba, as you explore our present.

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