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Ferries to Elba

The Tuscan Archipelago is made up of seven islands, Elba being the biggest. Although this island is famous worldwide for having Napoleon in 1814 during his exile, its history goes back a lot further.

Although Elba is rich in history, it is also famous for having beautiful beaches and crystal clear blue sea. Combine this with its rich landscape and it really is a fantastic destination.

Being an Island in the Mediterranean, Elba is of course very simple to reach by ferry. Ferries depart from the port of Piombino on the mainland, incidentally the point where Italy is closest to the island and dock at Cavo and Rio Marina on Elba’s north eastern side and Portoferraio on the northern side. There are hundreds of crossings every week with sailing durations ranging from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on route and the ferry company that you sail with. At certain times of year it’s also possible to island hop from Corsica.

There are numerous Napoleonic sites worth visiting like the former emperors residences at Villa dei Mulini and Villa San Martino and the Museum of the Church of the Misericordia where Napoleons death mask is kept.

Families, meanwhile, will enjoy the Aquarium of Elba, which is located in Marina de Campo on the South West of the island and showcases some of the finest marine life in the Mediterranean.

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Elba reviews

  • "Very good Service"

    I found the service to be very good. I did not use the catering facilities.

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  • "Excellent"

    What a fabulous boat. Although full, the public areas were not crowded, apart from the sun deck and pool area. We cannot comment on the catering facilities as we had brought our own food on board, but the choice of three restaurants, including one for fine dining was excellent. The only downside to the trip was that although leaving pretty much on time we docked at Livorno an hour later than scheduled and, as we have a camper, we were about last to disembark - an extra wait of 45 minutes... We will certainly use Corsica Sardinia Ferries again!

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  • "Practical Way to Access Italy"

    Ferries from Barcelona to Italy, Sardinia, Corsica give an opportunity to access more remote parts of Europe from UK without that long haul through France and/or Germany. These ferries represent very good value taking into account time saved, petrol saved and an overnight stop on board.

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  • "Good but delayed crossings"

    Modern, well equipped ferries with good amenities on board. Unfortunate that no cabins were available for return - overnight cross with just a reclining seat was less enjoyable to end my holiday. Lots of people sleeping on floors and in the self-service restaurant! Crossings were delayed by circa 2 hours in both directions which was frustrating, especially on return as this reduced the time I had with friends in France. On board staff were helpful on both crossings and Toulon port was well signposted. Signposting for exact entry point to ferry port in Porto Torres was very poor and difficult even with help of check-in desk attendant's directions. Also unclear whether printed confirmation had to be exchanged for tickets prior to reaching main port gate (was required on return, but not on outward journey).

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