What to see on Elba Island
Sant’Anna del Volterraio is not only an extraordinary vacation spot. It is also the perfect base for you to visit other locations and the most beautiful beaches on Elba Island. Ask our staff, a young dynamic team, to arrange for you guided tours and excursions on foot or on the sea. They can also advise you how to discover the marvels of Elba Island all alone.
The Tuscan Arcipelago
Elba Island comprises a collection of minor islands: Capraia, Gorgona, Giglio, Giannutri, Pianosa and Montecristo, the national park of the Arcipelago Toscano. This is a protected area that includes crystal clear waters, rare birds and animals, and exemplars of Mediterranean plants and flowers with colors and fragrances impossible to catalog. We can organize for you boat excursions to help you discover the peculiarities of all the islands.
Napoleonic villas and museums
Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled to Elba Island in 1814, has left here an important historical and cultural inheritance. Relive the stages of the emperor's life lived on Elba Island. Visit the villas and museums dedicated to him. At Portoferraio there is the Villa dei Mulini which hosts the museum. It is especially recommended that you also visit the summer residence, Villa San Martino, in whose garden, it is said, Napoleon thought out his escape.
Sant’Anna del Volterraio is located five minutes on foot from a modest inlet sheltered from the winds of the Gulf of Portoferraio. Here you will find the splendid Bagnaia beach recognized by its pebbles and sand. This is not the only beach along the coastal waters to visit. Along the sea you will reach some intact beaches that will please you with their beauty. Visit the beaches of Zupignano, Secche, and Ottonella and Ottone. All of these beaches are tranquil and solitary..
Quarries and mines
In antiquity, Elba Island preserved one of the most sizeable iron deposits in the Mediterranean. Thanks to these great quantities of metals, the Etruscan civilization was able to flourish. Entering the mines of Capoliveri, you will come to know one of the most suggestive elements of Elba Island. Visit the museums dedicated to this underground world. The mining museum of Rio Marina and that of Capoliveri are must-sees.
Wines and wine cellars
As so many other Tuscan cities and towns, Elba Island also will not disappoint you when it comes to food-and-wine. On Elba Island the prestigious Ansonica wines are produced. They consist of raisin wine and white grapes, and the Aleatico DOC, red from intense sensations of soft fruits such as wild rose and sour black cherries, is truly delightful. With these go the aromatic liquors such as Arancino and Limoncello. The Mortella, with its myrtle base, is pleasing to the palate.
A short distance from Sant’Anna, in the center of Portoferraio, you will find the Terme di San Giovanni, where you can spend a day immersed in the hot fragrances of the thermal waters. There are also offered beauty treatments, thalassotherapy, and mud packs. The location is surrounded by a park that gives off the scents of eucalyptus and tamarisk.