| Hotel in Elba Island for itineraries to Capraia and boat trips in Tuscan Archipelago
A stay at the Hotel La Primula 3 stars in Marciana Marina will give you the opportunity to get acquainted with the Island of Elba through riveting itineraries and by visiting some of the island's main towns.
The Nautilus surface submarine is a twenty-meter ship with a capacity of over 200 people that offers views over the uncontaminated sea floors of the Island of Elba through a special transparent part of the ship.
Sailing from Marciana Marina to Pomonte, visitors may admire the fascinating shipwreck of a merchant vessel, while outings from Portoferraio head out for views of the Gulf of Viticcio and to visit the beautiful marine reserve of "Secche di Capo Bianco".
While you enjoy exhilarating views, the submarine will provide every imaginable comfort: air conditioning, stereo system, bar service and restrooms; leaving nothing for you to do except relaxing and enjoying a splendidly unusual day.
Administrative capital of the island, Portoferraio is the main docking point for ferries originating from Piombino that connect Elba with the mainland. Behind its port, the city opens into a fascinating historical quarter, which features narrow alleys, house balconies displaying colorful flower vases, and small squares leading to the Medicean fortifications, erected following the island's terrible invasion by the Saracens.
Portoferraio became acquainted with the exuberant presence of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who resided here from 1814 to 1815; he is credited with having erected the Villa dei Mulini, currently designated as a national monument from which visitors may enjoy splendid views and access to thousands of books in the sultan's personal library.
Traces of Napoleon may also be seen in the country, six kilometers away from the town, where the emperor kept a summer home: Villa San Martino. Its interior includes Napoleon's room, decorated with golden bees and stars of the Legion of Honor, and the Egyptian room with frescoes featuring young Napoleon's accomplishments. Annexed to the villa, the Demidoff Museum features an interesting collection of relics.
Closer to Corsica than Elba, the volcanic island of Capraia has absolutely no beaches and it is entirely surrounded by sheer sea cliffs. Capraia Isola, the only town present over the twenty-square-kilometer territory, offers bars and clubs overlooking the port, while at night, animation is provided by the music of the pubs located in the city center, always open late.
Capraia is most fascinating for those seeking to spend a day enjoying nature, along trails only accessible on foot or by boat along the coast, in search for inlets to lay down in the sun in total isolation and enjoy a truly spectacular sea.
Not-to-miss excursions to Cala Rossa - in the Southern part of the island to visit the remains of the Zenobito, crater that has been inactive for millions of years - and to the Stagnone, pond of volcanic origin dotted by water lilies.
Recently, Capraia was added to the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.