Portoferraio is a busy capital on the northern coast of Elba Island and known for Napeoleon's exile. The city is built around the inner bank of a wide bay and hosts a harbour and quayside to the north, a number of large jetties for visiting cruise liners, two smaller harbours and dockyards and a small field of buoys near the south.

"Portoferraio (Italian pronunciation: [ˌpɔrtoferˈraːjo]) is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. It is the island's largest city. Because of its terrain, many of its buildings are situated on the slopes of a tiny hill bordered on three sides by the sea." Wikipedia

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We moored up in the busy capital for a few days and hired a car to explore the southern region and stopped at Villa San Martino and Porto Azzuro.

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1 . Acquaviva
(Toscana )

A village on the green northern hillside of the Elba Island with two small white beaches between a rocky coastline.

2 . Scaglieri
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A small town in beautiful scenery with a postcard perfect sandy beach between two lush green cliff-side borders at the foot of a green mountain.

3 . Lacona
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A rural agricultural town on the Southern side of Elba Island with a wide white sandy cove on the western side of a large green outcrop and a smaller grey beach and local fishing harbour on the eas...

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A village around a small cove with many buoys nestled in-between the green rocky hill-side.

5 . Procchio
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A popular holiday destination around a wide-sandy blue-water cover with some boats seen anchored to the eastern side seeking shelter behind the outcrop.

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6 . Porto Azzurro
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A large town on the southern side of Elba Island on the northern bank of a large natural harbour and anchorage. Home to a small blue-water marina behind a small breakwater.

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7 . Rio Marina
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A busy little town on the western coast of Elba island and home to a ferry terminal, pontoon and local fishing boats within the small harbour. Many local restaurants close by.

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On the southern side of Elba Island and a short distance across the island from Portoferraio. Situated around a wide sandy beach cove leading to a small harbour on the inner western side. many rest...

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A pretty town at the foot of the green mountains with the historic Degli Appiani tower overlooking the breakwater and harbour. Several small T-shaped pontoons.

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A lush green town on the north-eastern coast of Elba Island with a line of restaurants along the beach promenade which leads south to a harbour, marina and ferry terminal.

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A popular holiday village in the green foot-hills of Madonna mountain. Home to a small sandy beach and quay-side tucked in between a craggy rocky shoreline.

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