On the slopes of Mount Capanna, set amongst rich Mediterranean vegetation, stands one of Italy’s smallest municipalities: Marciana Marina. Whether seen from the sea or the nearby viewpoint, it provides the loveliest of the Island of Elba’s fine panoramas.
During a stroll along the seaside promenade, a magnet for tourists with its many bars, shops and restaurants, the town’s two historic symbols are constantly in view. The Pisan Tower, built in the XII Century as a lookout and defensive point against pirate raids and, right next to it, Cotone. This, Marciana Marina’s oldest and most picturesque hamlet, was originally inhabited by fishermen. Today, with its houses clinging to the rocks and fishing dinghies resting on the slipway, it jealously conserves the reminders of its unique past.
For those who do not wish to use their cars, Marciana Marina has two beaches, one below the promenade and the other, La Fenicia – a shingle and rock inlet which holds Blue Flag status – near the Tower.
More energetic holidaymakers can enjoy sailing and sailboarding, diving and boat trips, or immerse themselves in the colours and beauty of the Mediterranean maquis by walking the Sentiero dei Profumi (Fragrance Trail) that runs from Marciana Marina through the Cappone Valley and onto the Ripa Ridge.
Marciana Marina is an ideal holiday location for lovers of peace and quiet and good food, all supported by a busy programme of good-quality cultural events and entertainments.
Not to be missed ….
… the major celebrations on 12 August. In honour of the town’s patron saint, Claire of Assisi, every year a festival is organised that attracts large numbers of visitors and locals from right across the island, mainly for the firework and music display, Elba’s very best.