A mining paradise for slow tourism on the Island of Elba
In an inlet on the eastern side of the Island of Elba, Rio Marina is a small fishing and mining village dating back to Etruscan times. For centuries this area played a key role in the economy of the island and the whole of Italy, and for some time now, especially during summer, it has become a popular destination among holidaymakers searching for sea, sun and relaxation.
Well connected to the mainland throughout the year, Rio Marina is the ideal starting point for exploring the “Shining Coast”, the coastal stretch of the Island of Elba that reaches as far as Cavo.
There is also plenty available for visitors wanting to take a break from the sea and discover places of historical and cultural interest. Unmissable attractions include the 16th-century Clock Tower, the small church of San Rocco and the huge Island of Elba Mineral Park, an open-air museum you can explore on foot, by bike or on board a small train, among rocks and minerals of inestimable value.
To step back in time, visit the Rio Marina rock necropolis, a natural gallery set in the San Giuseppe cave where the remains of over 80 people have been found dating to the 3rd millennium BC.