Portoferraio (Elba), Italy
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Depart Elba Island's busy capital, Portoferraio, by motorcoach. A delightful drive takes you through the southern region of this charming island.
Your first stop is at the enchanting village of Capoliveri, which preserves an almost-medieval atmosphere in its architecture -- sober, yet graceful and elegant. Capoliveri is located in the heart of Elba's mining area, between the iron mines at Mount Calamita and Mount Ginevro. A viewpoint at the foot of a wild headland covered with bush, agaves and prickly pears offers a superb panoramic view out over the Gulfs of Lacona and di Campo. The overhanging cliffs are visited by thousands of sea gulls, and small bays dot the crystal-clear water. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Old Town's winding streets, followed by some free time to browse among the tiny shops and boutiques.
You will then visit Porto Azzurro -- a very charming fishing village -- where you will have some more free time to explore, shop, or rest in a café along the picturesque fishing harbor.
Continue on your drive to the old 17th-century La Chiusa winery, housed in a mansion and beautifully nestled on a vineyard estate. It is surrounded by olive trees and overlooking the ocean. As does any self-respecting mansion on Elba, La Chiusa claims to have once housed Napoleon during his exile here. Step into the estate's interesting cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced.
In the garden facing the sea, enjoy a tasting of the vineyard's delicious passiti wine, complemented by assorted light snacks. Passiti is made from the classic mainstay varietals of the island -- Aleatico and Ansonica.
As this pleasant interlude concludes, re-board your coach for the drive back to Portoferraio.