A window on the history of Isola D'Elba

capoliveri the most elegant village on isola d'elba

Beautiful fortified medieval village perched on a hilltop, Capoliveri overlooks the sea and offers the most beautiful views of the southern coast of the island. The village lies in a web of alleys with arches, underpasses and stairs, around the elegant main square, with great restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Traditionally known as one of the most touristy towns of the island, Capoliveri offers visitors various attractions of the historical/artistic kind. Among these is the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Romanesque style, the Church of San Michele, which in 1376 was home to Pope Gregory XI, and the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie, the old refuge of the monks during the French Revolution.

In the area surrounding the Old Town rises the Calamita Mount, home of the famous mines that were once rich in minerals, still accessible to the public for guided tours.
Going towards the sea, the coast of Capoliveri has beaches, coves and cliffs for all tastes, including the famous beaches of Laconella, Felciaio and Zuccale. Along the beautiful scenic route over the Gulf of Stella, you can admire the wild and beautiful landscapes that lead from the Old Town up to the famous Innamorata Bay, passing through the small coastal towns of Naregno, Pareti and Morcone.

One of the favourite tourist attractions is Lacona, the largest borough of Capoliveri, also of particular importance to the presence of the last dune area between the small Italian islands, which became for this Protected Area of the Tuscan Archipelago.

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An open-air museum, protected by Unesco and included in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park

At the time of the Etruscans the Island of Elba had the name of Ilva, literally translated with "iron", metal of which the island has been very rich for several centuries. Near Capoliveri it’s still possible to visit the three mines that once were among the most productive of the island: Calamita, Ginevro and a small site called Sassi Neri (Black Stones).

The real exploitation of the mineral resources of the island began in modern times and for centuries the mines were the most important source of work for the inhabitants of the area. The production was interrupted only in 1981 and, as a result of the recovery and restoration of several footpaths and trails, the mines have become one of the main tourist attractions of the island.

It is in fact an open-air museum, protected by UNESCO and included in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park: the Capoliveri mines are still rich in minerals such as Garnet, Tourmaline, Ilvaite and Magnetite. The mines can be reached by shuttle bus or by hiking and biking trails, accompanied by specialized enviromental guides.

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beaches of CAPOLIVERI

the Capoliveri coastline features beaches , coves and cliffs for all tastes

The coast of Capoliveri undoubtedly gives the most varied and unique colours and landscapes of the Island of Elba. Along the coastline are located the most beautiful and peculiar beaches of the island, fully equipped and easily accessible by car or through paths beaten by tourists and locals during almost the whole year.
There are forty beaches of different size and accessibility. Dominated by typically Mediterranean vegetation and aromas, bathed by a sea with different depth and transparency, the beaches of this side of the island are real gems to visit.

Lacona Beach: mostly visited by families with children, it's a long stretch of fine sand, well equipped and with a pine forest where you can find shelter during the hottest hours of the day.

Lido of Capoliveri: a fine sandy beach recommended to families with small children. Easily accessible, this beach is equipped with bars and restaurants close to the shore.

Stagnone Beach: one of the wildest beaches, ideal for lovers of open sea and silence, famous for its spectacular seabed and for the natural pool that gives the place its name.

Malpasso Beach: it is located in the wildest and most unspoiled side of the coast. Not very long and made of sand and gravel, it's little used but easily accessible by private transport and it's ideal for those who don't like beach resorts.

Naregno Beach: very popular for its beauty and services, about half a kilometer long and easily accessible by private transport.

Innamorata Beach: among the most known of the island, it's a long dark sandy beach protected both on the North and South from most of the winds. It is very popular and provided with all the services. Every year, during the evening of July 14, takes place on this beach a re-enactment of the legend that gives it its name: a love between two young people of Capoliveri made impossible by pirates.

Zuccale Beach: sheltered by a small bay, it offers some food services. Easy to access, it is quieter than Lido and Lacona, but still recommended for families with children.

Morcone Beach: una delle più atrezzate dell’isola, riparata e facile da raggiungere con i propri mezzi.

Istia Beach: pebbly beach known because it's located in one of the most beautiful sides of the coastline. The backshore is sheltered by a pine forest, the beach has no service and therefore is not very crowded even during summertime.

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