With its many fortresses, museums, churches and historical mines, Elba gives you lots of opportunities to be enchanted by its legends and stories of the past, 365 days a year.
Thehistory of Elba is thousands of years old, not only because the years when both Cosimo de' Medici and Napoleon lived here have helped make it famous, but also because in the past it was both an important meeting place as well as an open theatre of special events which in some way influenced the future development of the entire territory.
This means that you can learn the history of Elba not only during the summer but also during the winter through the people who once settled and lived there.
From the Etruscans who were the first to discover and exploit the unbelievable richness of the subsoil in Elba, to the Romans who built luxurious villas and to the Medici who designed and built majestic strongholds and fortressesto be used as watchtowers against the enemies....there are clear signs of Elba's past all over the island.
To name but some of these historical sites: the museums, exhibitions and fortresses are open during the winter too; obviously the days, dates and times depend on the yearly calendar, but if you wish you can visit them on request all year round.
If you want to discover the Island of Elba and explore all the tiny towns and villages, you will see the many churches, towers, fortresses, places that over the years have become well known thanks to the famous people who once lived there, and the mines that tell of the complex history of the island, you will realize that all these interesting places are open to the public all year round.