Portoferraio is the main city on the island of Elba, just 5 1/2 miles from Italy's east coast. It is situated in the province of Livorno and has a population of around 12,000 on a total area of 47.46 km2 (18.32 ml2).
Portoferraio remains influenced by Tuscany. Tourists come back again for its great natural beauty, fine local food and wine. Wind carved headlands and pine scented forests shelter hidden coves. Portoferraio's sandy beaches invite cruisers to wade into clear blue waters. Travelers may enjoy a local vineyard tour, or near the city, discover the remains of Etruscan civilisation.
Called Aethalia by the Greeks and Ilva by the Ligurians, Portoferraio passed from Etruscans and became part of the strong Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages it was ruled by the Pisans and served as haven for the Barbary pirates during the 16th century. The Medici influence is seen in the fortifications of Portoferraio. Napoleon Bonaparte lived here for less than a year, but did much to improve the island, modernizing agriculture, building new roads, and developing iron mines. Villa di San Martino, his summer home, can be visited.
The Portoferraio lighthouse is placed on Forte Stella's northern rampart. It was built in 1788 by Leopod II Grand Duke of Tuscany. The stone tower is 25 m high and has a lantern and double balcony. The lighthouse is automated, operated by Marina Militare.
Highlights: Napoleon's Island, Porto Azurro, Golfo Stella
Portoferraio cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Elba Island Italy dock (anchor) at Portoferraio.
The Portoferraio cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Portoferraio, Elba, Italy.
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Port Portoferraio cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Portoferraio, Elba, Italy. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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28 April, 2017