As the name goes, Portoferraio has gained fortune during centuries thanks to iron, which all the island was particularly rich in, that was usually shipped towards the continental territory from there. Actually, anyway, its age of glory during past centuries was due to a character in particular who contributed to its social and economic development: Napoleone Bonaparte who, once exiled on Elba, chose Portoferraio as its adoptive residence town. Villa dei Mulini and Residenza San Martino, his two houses, are two interesting attractions that are worth a visit for the breathtaking views.
Portoferraio, more than just Napoleone!
Besides the prestigious Napoleone’s heritage, Portoferraio is an amazing and surprising town for all the things to do and see: the old walls (or better, what remains of them) and the dock built during the Medici era are with no doubt wonderful aims for taking a short walk. For all passionates of Elba culture and history, the Archaeological Civic Museum is a must not to miss out.
What are the absolute essentials in Portoferraio?
Although Portoferraio is an amalgam of culture, history and archeology, something should be considered a must-have for this sea resort: beaches, obviously!! Thanks to its position, the town is close both to cliffs perched over the sea, typical features of the eastern coast, and the sandy beaches (like Caribbean) of the northern coast. Biodola and Punta Pina are two locations nearby Portoferraio that actually deserve a particular note.
Portoferraio usually offers any kind of event and manifestation to all tourists that every Summer crowd the town and the island from everywhere, where music and food traditions are the light motif. For further information about all the scheduled manifestations, just have a look at the local calendar; what we would like to point out is the international festival of jazz and classical music Elba, music island of Europe, taking place in different locations of the island, usually held in the Vigilanti Theatre of Portoferraio.
How to get around in Portoferraio
If ferry may be considered the exclusive way to arrive at Portoferraio, bus is a convenient mean of transportation for getting around in this sea resort. It goes without saying that car fears once again no competition, even if scooter for rentals are a valid alternative to avoid traffic, queues and park difficulties. Useful information on rental companies and relative costs at the section Getting around on the island of the article Elba, pearl of Mediterranean Sea.