Explore enchanting ports like Porto Azzurro and Marciana Marina from where we will visit Napoleon Bonaparte’s home in Portoferraio, where he was in exile before he made the misguided decision to escape only to be finally defeated in Waterloo. With a bit of luck, we can take the cable lift to Monte Capanne, the highest point of Elba, to take in the fabulous view of the entire island.
From Elba we sail to Capraia, a former penal colony (it still has a jail), and will spend the night in the local fishing village. It does not get any more authentic than that. But, do not worry, there is an abundance of very nice eating places where, again, you can splurge on local cuisine and wines.
After a restful night, we will leave Capraia (and believe me, you will want to come back one day) to go for a swim in Cala del Moreto before heading back to Elba and the small bay of Fettovaia, our destination for the night at anchor. Plenty of swimming and snorkeling there… We may raft up the boats and cook on board or dinghy ashore to dine at a local restaurant.
Our destination for Thursday night is Castiglione della Pescaia, a typical, lovely fishing village.
On Friday, we return to Scarlino but not without some good sailing in the Bay of Follonica (if Eolus, God of the Winds, is kind to us) and with some more swimming and snorkeling.