The 7 islands of the Tuscan Archipelago and how to reach them
Elba, Giglio, Giannutri, Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo and Gorgona are the seven islands in the Tuscan Archipelago
A local legend says that when Venus rose from the waves, seven precious stones fell from her tiara, creating seven islands off the Tuscan coast. A bit of poetry is essential in life, but the practical things are equally important: how can you reach the 7 islands in the Tuscan archipelago? Here are all the things you need to know to reach them.
How to reach Elba Island
Elba is the biggest (224 km2) and busiest island in the Tuscan Archipelago. It can be reached throughout the year with a one-hour journey by boat from the port of Piombino.
From here you reach Portoferraio (the main port of the island), Rio Marina and Cavo. You can also reach the island by plane, with a stopover at the small airport located in La Pila, in the municipality of Campo nell’Elba (website).
The shipping companies on Elba are Toremar, Blu Navy, Corsica-Ferries and Moby Lines.
The island of Giannutri can be reached throughout the year one hour by boat from the port of Porto Santo Stefano (Monte Argentario); there are fewer maritime connections in the winter, while they’re daily during the summer season, there are back in one day.
Pianosa can be visited throughout the year with daily service operated by Aquavision from the port of Marina di Campo (ticket information in Marina di Campo +39 976 022 0565 or cell. +39 3287095470) or every Tuesday from Rio Marina with Toremar ferries.
Only 350 people per day can visit Pianosa and they have to pay 6€ to the park.