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Elba Island, Italy Cruise Port

Steeped in history, Elba offers its visitors lashings of Tuscan culture combined with the vivid modern art of Italo Bolano – all set against some of the most striking seas and coastland you're likely to find in the Mediterranean. Taste the island's distinctive wine during your time ashore, or follow in the footsteps of some of the key players in Europe's past.

Sightseeing in Elba Island

Once the home of Napoleon Bonaparte, a shore excursion around Elba could well include a tour of the Tuscan house and grounds where he lived. The island is home to a great choice of other attractions too, not least a remarkable fortress built for one of the Medici family – the original mafia of Renaissance Italy. Elba's popular attractions include:

Villa dei Mulini

The beautiful Villa dei Mulini was once the home of Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile on the island, which was once the territory of France. Here visitors can wander the rooms and corridors of this stately home, and can see the ornate golden bed which once belonged to the emperor – as well as his documents, artworks and other items of furniture from his time on Elba.

Italo Bolano Open Air Museum

Elba isn't all about history, and visitors in search of something a little more current may want to tour the open air museum of modern art created by Italo Bolano. Built in 1965, the museum was originally intended as an art centre where artists could meet, in a timeless space, in order to inspire and create. The grounds have since expanded to accommodate a gallery of Bolano's colourful abstract-expressionist ceramic sculptures; visitors here will find pottery workshops, galleries and a theatre, dedicated to Bolano's vision of an art hub which dispensed with formal programs in favour of inspiration.

Wine tour

Some shore excursions may give you the option to take a coach tour of the island's southern side, where you could taste a glass of the island's deep amber wine in Elba's vineyards. The wine is known in Italy as passito, made ever since the Phoenician era by allowing grapes to dry out in the sun. The result is a wine made from more concentrated flavours, making for a sweet and often nutty taste; traditionally enjoyed with cantucci biscuits made with almonds or hazelnuts.

Shopping in Elba Island

Elba doesn't share the same passion for fashion that you'll find on mainland Italy, although the town centres still offer a range of shops to browse. Many visitors opt instead for the local art produced on the island, which tends to focus on the incredible natural surroundings.

Eating out in Elba Island

Restaurants on Elba combine mouth-watering Italian cuisine with a proud simplicity, and the warm, personable service that you'd expect on an island visit. Try oysters as a starter, followed by tuna or a tagliatelle dish, accompanied by sauces using fresh local ingredients – and best enjoyed with one of the delicious wines from the vineyards nearby.

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02 June 2019 - 7 nights

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