Portoferraio is a small village with a considerable history, a history of banishments, imprisoned criminals, and, naturally, tourism. From the time of the ancient Romans, through the Middle Ages until, between 1814 and 1815, when all of Elba Island was ironically granted to the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte, this small port was the star of many episodes that have rendered it unique, the nerve centre of a stunning island, both in terms of history and nature.


Portoferraio and Surroundings

Forte stella

Picturesque, with its position overlooking the sea, it was built in 1548 from a project designed by Camerini. Together with the other two forts (Falcone and Linguella), it dominates the landscape from above and provides Portoferraio its unique silhouette.

Napoleon Museum

Inside the official residence of Napoleon and his court during his exile, an interesting museum has been created that illustrates the public life of the French leader, particularly during the ten months between 1814 and 1815 in which he governed the island.


Useful Information

Tourist information and welcome office

For the Tuscan archipelago:
Calata Italia, 44 – 57037 Portoferraio
Tel: +39 0565 914671
Fax: +39 0565 914672
Hours: from Monday through Friday: 09:00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m., closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

Summer timetable from March 23rd to October 14th.

Departures from Portoferraio:
18:30 *

*Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday departure at 18:45

Getting Around on the Island

If you have chosen to take the Blu Navy ferry without a car, there are many options for getting around the island after landing in Portoferraio.

By bus
Certain bus lines connect Portoferraio with the main towns on the island. The bus station can be found just a short distance from the landing pier.
Info at www.livorno.cttnord.it

By taxi
Taxis are always available when the ferry arrives, in the landing area.

On Foot
Portoferraio is a lovely village that can be toured on foot. In addition, you can easily walk to the Elba Island tourist office, in the centre of Portoferraio.

By bicycles
There are trails for all tastes throughout the island, from coastal roads to dirt paths to ascents leading to the highest points on the island. If you arrived without your own, you can rent a bike at one of the many bike rental shops near the port.

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