Dark sands beach rich in hematite and pyrite

Hidden by a small wood rich in holm oaks, this tiny beach takes its name from the villa at the top of the gulf that in the past was the home of the director of the Elba mines.

Very small indeed (about 80 metres long), rugged and with no facilities, it has the unique characteristic that is so typical of the mineral beaches: it consists of fine sand rich in hematite and pyrite, that gives it its dark colour and makes it sparkle in the sun.

The greenery all around is beautiful, with the holm oak woods at the back of the inlet, perfect if you want some shade in the afternoon, and cliffs all around that vary from high to low.

The view from the beach of the tiny islands of Topi, Palmaiola (right opposite the beach) and Cerboli goes as far as the gulf of Piombino.

The gulf that it sits in shelters it in some way from the north, north-east, east and south-east winds.

The tiny beach known as Fiammingo, consisting of large stones of different sizes, is a little farther along. Very popular among those who love birdwatching (who go there to see shags in great numbers) rather than those who love swimming and sunbathing.

These two tiny coves are perfect for those who enjoy the peace and quiet of Mother Nature: easy to get to only by sea, they are very popular among yachtsmen who want to relax.

Access to the foot of the villa is forbidden because the ground isn't very stable.

How to get to the beach

Easy access but only if you go by sea. If, on the other hand, you want to get there on foot, you have to follow a path that has only recently been re-opened, starring off at the car park in Cala Seregola.

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Information and facilities

CommuneRio Marina
Recommended with the following winds Sout-West Wind, West Wind
Length80 m
FacilitiesNo facilities on beach
Nearby beaches Cala Seregola (0,55 km), Fornacelle (0,86 km), Topinetti (1,23 km), Malpasso di Rio (2,17 km), Cavo (2,46 km), Cala delle Alghe (2,7 km), Frugoso (2,91 km), Del Sasso (3,62 km), La Torre (3,8 km), Marina di Gennaro (4,13 km), Mangani (4,25 km), Rivercina (4,64 km), Luisi d'Angelo (4,73 km), Nisportino (4,89 km)


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