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Island of Elba

Isola d'Elba The island of Elba in the course of history has been the scene of major events, in fact there is no civilization in the Mediterranean that has not passed from here, leaving its mark. The mythological legends narrate that in Capo Bianco (port Argon) Jason stopped during the search for the Golden Fleece, and, as Virgil wrote in the Aeneid, from there 300 young from Elba went to help Aeneas against Rutuli.
Elba was also an inexhaustible source of wealth for the Etruscans that already in the VII BC exploited the mines, exporting iron around the Mediterranean basin.
Later also the Romans exploited the granite and discovered the curative mud baths of San Giovanni, they enhanced also the beauty of the landscape and its excellent wines, "The Island of good wine," wrote Pliny the Elder. In the Middle Ages was the Republic of Pisa to work the mines of iron and granite: most of the columns of Piazza dei Miracoli in fact come from the island. In 1548 came the Medici, Cosimo I built the fortified town of Portoferraio, a jewel of urban military.

Immediately after came the Spaniards in the eighteenth century was fought over by Austrians, Germans, English and French until he was assigned full ownership and sovereignty to Napoleon Bonaparte, who in just ten months of government, left major imprints: building roads, revamping the mining economy and increasing the production and export of wine.
The island offers beaches of golden sand and soft, white stones, iron or dark coves on overhanging cliffs that plunge into the sea. Along the miles of coastline beaches are treasures to be discovered: all different from each other with in common a crystal clear sea and a backdrop rich in fish for snorkeling enthusiasts.