The largest marine park in Europe
According to legend Venus, the goddess of beauty, emerging from the spectacular waters of the Tyrrenhian sea, dropped seven pearls from the necklace she was wearing into the sea… these pearls were transformed into the seven islands of the tuscan archipleago…..
Elba is the biggest island of the Tuscan Archipelago and the third largest in Italy after Sardinia and Sicily. Together with eight other islands, including Giglio, Giannutri, Capraia, Gorgona, Pianosa and Montecristo, it is part of the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, the largest marine park in Europe.
The island of Elba is famous around the world for harbouring French Emperor Napoleon in 1814 during his exile. But its history goes back to prehistory, with the Ilvati tribe from Liguria who named the island Ilva. It was then inhabited first by the Etruscans and later by the Romans, who really appreciated the island and its rich deposits of iron and its mud baths.
What really makes the island sanctuaries famous and renowned is the clear blue sea and beautiful beaches surrounding them. The extraordinary richness of the landscaps, both land and marine, turns the Archipelago into a unique destination in Tuscany. We can say that is a heaven on earth, with nothing to envy of more exotic Caribbean destinations.