It’s 200 years since Napoleon escaped his exile on Elba, but, today, the small island off the coast of Tuscany is a well-kept second-home secret escape.
NEED TO KNOW
- Elba is reached by an hour-long ferry from Piombino (after flying into Pisa or Florence) or there are direct flights by Intersky into the La Pila airport at Marino de Campo from Germany/Austria or from Milan and Lugano via Silver Air
- There are six marinas as well as several sailing schools, of which Marciana Marina is the most exclusive
- Don’t-miss restaurants include Le Ripalte in Capoliveri, Capo Nord in Marciana Marina and La Caletta in Porto Azzuro
- Fabulous beaches include the famous Cavoli near Marina di Campo, Zuccale near Capoliveri for wild seclusion or Sansone for crystal-clear waters
- Must-buy local specialities include the famous Acqua dell’Elba floral scent, Locman watches made at Marina di Campo and Marina Sala cashmere
Wonderful little hideaway in a beautiful area of protected parkland with terraced gardens
running down to the water’s edge of a beautiful bay. This one-bedroom, 45sq m (485sq ft) property offers a summer kitchen.
Knight Frank (020–7629 1058; www.knightfrank.com)
Marciana Marina, €2.6m
Just a few steps up from the sea and boasting its own private dock, this is a clifftop four-bedroom, four-bathroom property with separate guest- house and multi- ple terraces. Sotheby’s International Realty (00 39 02 870 78300; www.sothebysrealty.com)