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ELBA >> Presentation
Elba is the largest island in the Tuscan archipelago. At only three nautical miles from mainland, it is strategically located in the middle of naval routes reaching Tuscany, Sardinia and Corsica. Since the dawning of Mediterranean civilization, its' location has brought fights, battles, attacks and weak diplomatic cobwebs upon the island. Numerous civilizations have left their traces and therefor, beside the rare and beautiful landscape, it guards a historic and artistic patrimony that cannot be but envied. During the centuries, Greeks, Ilivates, Etruscans, Romans, Saracenes, Spanish and even English fleets have landed on the coasts of Elba. The island was able to offer a precious base for those navigating in the central Mediterranean, but the real magnet for all regulars of every civilization was the subsoil, extremely rich in minerals.
For the production of arms it was iron that pushed man to dig in the bowels of the earth and to work the foundries. Already the Romans named Elba "Aethalia" ("sooty") thanks to its' extraordinary abundance of ferrous minerals. Today, none of the island's many mines are in use and its' economy spring is tourism, an activity much less tiring than mining and without doubt more rewarding, stimulated by beautiful landscapes and crystal-clear seas. A thick mantle of Mediterranean bush covers the hill slopes, turning into a high-tree wood on its most significant relieves, as Mount Capanne whose top in harsh winters is covered with snow. The coast attracts visitors as well, often adorned with wide beaches, creeks and tiny coves, most of them only accessible from the sea. Someone once defined Elba as a continent island, trying to explain its varying ecosystems. It is the variety that becomes an almost inexhaustible offer of different possibilities in how to spend your time off. Scuba-divers choose Elba's ever increasing sea-beds attracted by reefs enriched with extraordinarily varied flora and fauna, protected by a clever preservation and protection program, confirmed by the establishment of "Ente Parco dell'Arcipelago Toscano". The island also attracts birdwatchers and passionates of naturalistic touring. Walking, riding a bike or on a horse-back, one can explore the island along the tracks winding through the woods, finding panoramic views hidden in the heart of the island's greenery. The sea offers immense sport alternatives, from sailing to kajaking, from scuba-diving to surfing as well as just doing nothing and simply enjoy the sun on one of the dreamlike beaches. Shopping on Elba is particularly pleasant, especially so in the evening when you can stroll between the stalls of the different artisan markets, set up in the villages' historic centers. The narrow streets, flower ornated balconies, arcades and the village foreshortenings create a calm and relaxed atmosphere. The eight villages along the coast, located on the hillsides, respond to every possible need, from nature to art, from sport to entertainment, the latter especially enriched and of high quality during the summer months.

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