Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Isola d' Elba - Elba Island




Isola d' Elba or Elba Island is the largest Island in Italy after Sardinia and Sicily. It is located just twelve miles away from the coastal town of Piombino in the province of Livorno, Tuscany. Elba island is part of the Tuscan archipelago along with the smaller islands of Pianosa, Capraia, Montecristo and Giglio. It is best known for its connections with Napoleon Bonaparte, which he was exiled and remained on this island for three hundred days.
The ever present evidence of over four thousand years of history and culture, combined with an extraordinary wealth of natural beauty, make this magical island unique.
Elba is capable of offering a mild climate and a multitude of diverse landscapes and scenery: romantic fishing villages, small towns on rocky hill-tops, ancient castles, green valleys and enchanting bays combined with beautiful sandy beaches. Elba island is also famous for its great quality wines. Elba DOC wines are made from local varietal, like Aleatico, Ansonica and Trebbiano Toscano. The food could seriously leave you speechless, the freshness of the ingredients and the simplicity of its cuisine make this island a true gastronomic paradise.
Specialties are Cacciucco (Fish stew cooked in wine), Riso al nero di seppia (black squid ink risotto) and Stoccafisso all' Elbana (Stockfish prepared with anchovies, capers and olives).
Visit one of the most beautiful Island in the Mediterranean and get to know the undiscovered beauty of Tuscany: Isola d'Elba.

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