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Set in deep blue waters, in the heart of the Tyrrhenian sea, one finds the island of Elba. With a number of splendid beaches, woodlands and Medieval villages, Elba is part of the National Reserve of Tuscan Islands.
Appealing on a diverse crowd of holiday makers, Elba Island is best known as the site of Napoleon's exile but its long history stretches back to pre-Roman times, when it was settled by Ligures and then Etruscans. As Tuscany's biggest island and Italy's third-largest, it offers a great mix of options both cultural (like hilltop towns and castles) and recreational (like hiking, biking, swimming, diving and beaching). There's an airport at Marina di Campo and Silver Air offers daily flights from Milan Linate, Florence and Pisa; most visitors arrive by ferry from Piombino to Portoferraio (the biggest town), Rio Marina or Porto Azzurro.
There are a host of sites to visit: Villa dei Mulini, one time residence of Napoleon, the Linuella Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Misericordia, the Elban Mineral Museum "Alfeo Ricci Collection", the Italo Bolano International Art Center, the Museum of Country Arts, the "piccola miniera" Mine and Etruscan Mine Museum, the Rio's Population Museum, the Rio Elba's Archaeological Museum, the Elba Mine Park, the Elba Aquarium and the Fauna Museum. Archaeological sites include the Roman villas; delle Grotte, della Linguella, and Capo Castello. Elba has a number of castles and Palazzi, such as Volterraio Castle, the Pisan Fortress, the Church of St Michele at Capoliveri, the Church of St Giovanni in Campo and the Church of St Lorenzo at Marciana.
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