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Ferries to Elba

The Tuscan Archipelago is made up of seven islands, Elba being the biggest. Although this island is famous worldwide for having Napoleon in 1814 during his exile, its history goes back a lot further.

Although Elba is rich in history, it is also famous for having beautiful beaches and crystal clear blue sea. Combine this with its rich landscape and it really is a fantastic destination.

Being an Island in the Mediterranean, Elba is of course very simple to reach by ferry. Ferries depart from the port of Piombino on the mainland, incidentally the point where Italy is closest to the island and dock at Cavo and Rio Marina on Elba’s north eastern side and Portoferraio on the northern side. There are hundreds of crossings every week with sailing durations ranging from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on route and the ferry company that you sail with. At certain times of year it’s also possible to island hop from Corsica.

There are numerous Napoleonic sites worth visiting like the former emperors residences at Villa dei Mulini and Villa San Martino and the Museum of the Church of the Misericordia where Napoleons death mask is kept.

Families, meanwhile, will enjoy the Aquarium of Elba, which is located in Marina de Campo on the South West of the island and showcases some of the finest marine life in the Mediterranean.

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Elba reviews

  • "Travel to Sardinia with a dog."

    We travelled to and from Sardinia booking with direct ferries and sailing with Corsica Ferries. These are big ferries and very busy. The staff get you to your space on the ship very quickly and from there to your cabin. It helps if you are organised and at your car ready to go on the boat and park as instructed. The turn around is very quick even more so if there has been a delay due to the weather. If you have a dog friendly cabin you go with your dog straight up to the deck and are met at the deck by staff who then take you to your cabin. Be patient there are a lot of people on the boat and they can't get to everyone immediately. The cabins are clean and have a shower with lots of hot water. There is shower gel and soap but no drinking glasses and towels too. They do have a deck where you take your dog to the loo if necessary. On the way back the ferry port at Portes Torres is much smaller and so there is little waiting space. Once you have been checked onto the dock there are no toilets and you have to go back out with your ticket to small bar. There are not many restaurants but we did find a Pizza restaurant in a small courtyard that did takeaways. Again, be back at your car in good time. There were a few people were not back at their cars and so caused queues. A very efficient ferry but you have to do your bit too.

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  • "Ajaccio Toulon"

    By night

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  • "Corsica Ferries"

    Greet ship and services, nice stuff, very good accommodation, we will definitely return and cruise with Direct Ferries and Corsica Ferries

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  • "traveling to Sardinia with the car and a dog"

    very usefull

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