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Isola d’Elba is an island in the Mediterranean off the coast of Tuscany. Part of the Arcipelago Toscano National Park, the island is the largest in the Tuscan Archipelago.
Napoleon was banished to Elba following his abdication in 1814 and visitors can tour the summer and winter residences where Napoleon lived during his 300-day stay, including Palazzina dei Mulini. There are also beautiful beaches overlooking the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, including Cottoncello, Tombe and Capo Biano.
There is a network of cycling trails throughout the island, including technical routes used by athletes for training. Trails are also designated for mountain biking, as well as for children and families. Hiking trails take walkers to hilltop villages, old churches and ancient castles in island’s lush and colourful interior. Excellent scuba diving and snorkelling spots are found at Capo Sant’Andrea, Cottoncello, Ogleira, Punta Fetovaia, Capo Fonza, Corbella, Punta Canelle, Capo Caldo and Pomonte.
The coastal town of Piombino on the mainland is 20 kilometres from Elba with regular ferries connecting various towns on the island with Piombino.