If you looking for something close to paradise then go to Elba in Italy. Situated in the Tuscan archipelago it has a spectacular coastline, chestnut woods, lots of flowers, plants and treasures from another era. The beautiful island is certainly going to give you an unforgettable holiday in Italy!
The island is part of a famous region and just 10 kilometres away you will reach the capital port of Portoferraio. In 1814 Napoleon arrived in the city and built his famous palace which you can still see through the steep streets amongst some even more impressive buildings. The shops sell fantastic souvenirs and whilst in the harbour you can watch the fishermen at work and dine on the local cuisine.
Elba is a hilly island and when you leave the capital there are winding mountain roads where you can gaze at breathtaking views. You will drive past vineyards, through chestnut woods and see the Mediterranean plants and butterflies which are typical of Elba. The highest mountain is Mount Capanne which takes fifteen minutes by cable car to get to the top. At 1000 metres high it overlooks the Tuscan Archipelago and in the distance you can see Corsica and the mainland on the other side.
The nature of Elba is well suited for outdoor sporting activities and you can take adventurous mountain bike rides through the forest. There are plenty of water sports available including sailing, surfing and kayaking and Elba is primarily a destination for divers and snorkelers because the marine life is spectacular! Whether you come just to relax and read a book or go diving you will have a great time exploring some of the 147 kilometres of coastline. There are many sandy beaches and bays nestled between white granite rocks.
The capital city of Italy is Rome
The official language is Italian, English is also often spoken.
Italy's time zone is: +01:00
The official currency is the Euro.
You must be in possession of a valid passport.
In Italy you can use your mobile phones, however this might come with a high cost so we advise you to check this before departure with your network provider. Please note: this also applies for your data roaming.
The number for all emergencies in Italy is 112.
Travelling by car
· The national speed limit on the motorways is set at 130 km/hour (80mph).
· On most Italian motorways there is toll.
· In Italy it is the law to have the following items in your the car:
- High visibility vest. The driver must wear this in the event of an accident or breakdown.
- Warning triangle
When you travel through France to Italy
From 1 July 2012 it is the law to have an alcohol tester in your car (throw away breathalyzer).
To prevent air pollution some areas in Italy are closed. The signboard ‘Zona Trafico Limitato’ ( ZTL) shows pedestrian traffic only.
In Italy the following national holidays take place:
· 25th April Liberation Day
· 1st May Labour Day
· 2nd June National Day
· 15th August Assumption day
· 1st November All Saints' Day
- Take a look at the summer residence of Napoleon in San Martino, overlooking Portoferraio
- Go snorkelling or diving at one of the 20 diving sites
- Take a boat and go in search of hidden bays between white rocks and the azure sea
- Practice your favourite water sports such as sailing or surfing
- Take a hike or mountain bike ride through the chestnut groves
- Take the cable car to Monte Capanne and enjoy the beautiful views
- Go in search of archaeological remains in the park on Elba Island
- Discover the most beautiful sandy beaches such as Marina di Campo and Procchio
- Visit one of the many summer night markets
- Taste the wine from the island, Elba Bianco Rosso