The Island of Elba is the third largest Italian island, behind Sicily and Sardinia. She boasts a total area of 230 square kilometers and a perimeter of about 147 linear kilometers. Among her many natural wonders are beautiful creeks, cliffs, golden sandy beaches (and many other shades, including black!) and imposing granite cliffs.
Elba is divided into eight municipalities that all belong to the Province of Livorno:
• Rio Elba
• Rio Marina
• Porto Azzurro
• Campo nell'Elba
• Marciana Marina
The islands of Montecristo and Pianosa belong to the municipalities of Campo and Portoferraio in Elba, respectively. The other islands of the Tuscan Archipelago (Gorgona, Capraia, Giglio and Giannutri) belong to other jurisdictions.
Since 1996, Elba has been the capital of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. Since 1991, it has been a part of the Cetacean Sanctuary – Pelagos. This is a very special protected marine area that includes the sea between Italy, France and Monaco.
How to get to Elba
The island can be reached all year round from the port of Piombino, in Tuscany. The boat trip takes just about one hour and you will sail between the gorgeous islets of Cerboli and Palmaiola, enjoying the panoramic views of the island of Capraia. To keep you company along the way, the hungry gulls and seabirds will circle above you, calling down for cookies and snacks.
Be aware: there is a high probability that you will spot shearwaters, gannets and dolphins along the way!
By plane, it is quite easy to get to Elba by landing at the airport La Pila, which is near Marina di Campo.
• All year round: Planes from Pisa to Elba take just 45 minutes. From Florence you can read Elba in 50 minutes, and from Milan Linate you in can arrive in Marina di Campo in one hour and twenty minutes with just enough time for a relaxing walk on the beach.
These convenient and affordable flights are available thanks to Silverair. This reliable company flies the flag of Elba and month after month guarantees access to our gorgeous island. Silverair also offers special rates for residents, students and for important medical visits.
• In the summer: Silverair offers flights from Lugano to Elba. In addition, there are three other airline companies that offer international flights to the Island of Elba at reduced rates during the summer. They are as follows:
The Austrian company Intersky flies once a week from Zurich and Friedrichshafen in April. From May until October, two flights a week are offered from these cities to Elba. There are also flights with Intersky from Monaco and Bavaria from July to October every Saturday. Flights from Bern are also offered once a week from May until August. Finally, Intersky connects Altenrhein to Elba once per week from May until October.
The French airline company Air-Glaciers flies from the airports of Sion and La Chaux-de-Fonds from June 4th to August 6th and from September 3rd to October 1st one time per week.
The Swiss company Skywork connects Bern to Elba from May to October, offering flights several times a week. Skywork connects Munich to the Isle of Elba every Saturday from May to July.
Be aware: the opportunity to observe Elba from the sky is a truly amazing and unique experience. You will gaze down from the plane on the fish-shaped island and the transparent sea. We strongly recommend keeping your camera handy, as the views from above are truly breathtaking and worth recording!
Taking the ferry to Elba from the port of Piombino
The ways to get to Piombino are vast and varied; by train, car or bus you can cruise up the Tuscan coast to the charming coastal village of Piombino. You will have the opportunity to observe Elba from the coast and really get excited about your upcoming vacation. You will be enamored by her majestic mountain range and rolling green hills that are nestled in the turquoise and blue sea that reflects the colors of the sky.
There are several ways to get to Elba, and you can choose the one that is easiest and most comfortable for you. It all depends on where you are leaving from. One thing is certain: Elba is easy to reach, and once you get there you will never want to leave!