Travel and Culture in Tuscany
A myth tells that the seven islands of the Tuscan archipelago were born when the Tyrrhenian Venus came to the surface through the waves.
The diadem that adorned her forehead broke and the pearls that formed it fell on the surface of the sea.
These pearls turned into the seven islands that we know today: Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Giannutri, Gorgona, Montecristo and Pianosa.
Only Elba, Giannutri, Giglio and, partly, Capraia can be visited by tourists, while Gorgona is the seat of a penal settlement. Up to a short time ago, even Capraia and Pianosa were high security prisons.
Otherwise, Montecristo is a nature reserve which is open only to reserchers.
The Island of Elba is one of these natural jewels and it is formed by a territory of volcanic origin, characterized by wonderful beaches and by its highest peak, Mount Capanne, which is more than 1000 mt high.
You can reach the Island of Elba travelling by the regular ferry boats that leave from Piombino and belong to two different companies: the Toremar and the Moby Lines, with the possibility to sail with your car, too. The rate of the ferries varies according to the season and the passage lasts about 50 minutes, with the arrival on the island at Portoferraio.
The Toremar ferries also reach Porto Azzurro and Rio Marina.
You can also use the Toremar hydrofoils for the quick connections, that allow you to get in Portoferraio in 30 minutes.
If you want to reach Piombino port from the north: take the Genoa-Livorno motorway, leave it in Rosignano and drive on the clearway Livorno-Grosseto, as far as Venturina. From Venturina, in a short time, you can reach Piombino (15 Km).
Otherwise, if you arrive from the north-east direction, you have to drive on the Bologna-Firenze-Pisa-Livorno motorway, leave it in Rosignano and drive on the clearway Livorno-Grosseto, as far as Venturina, which is 15 Km from Piombino.
If you are coming from the south, you have to take the Roma-Grosseto motorway drive on the Aurelia road, as far as the exit sign Venturina-Isola d’Elba.
We want to remind you that you can also travel by plane, with the reference point of Marina di Campo airport, on the island itself, which is connected to the most important Italian and foreign cities.
If you prefer travelling by train, the railway line is Genova-Roma and you can find the connections to Piombino marittima at Campiglia station.