Capoliveri
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Municipality of (en)Capoliveri

Capoliveri Tourist information

Neighbouring Municipalities: Porto Azzurro - Portoferraio - Campo nell'Elba
Zip Code: 57031 - Area Code: (0565)
Country: Italia - Region: Toscana 
Province: Livorno (LI) - Arcipelago Toscano
Inhabitants: 3869 (capoliveresi)
Density: 98,26 ab/kmq
Altitude: Max 413 m - Min 0 m
Altitude Range: 413 m
Surface: 38,96 Kmq
Fractions: Innamorata, Lacona, Lido, Madonna delle Grazie, Mola, Morcone, Naregno, Pareti, Straccoligno, Barabarca
Latitude: 42°44'39"84 N
Longitude: 10°22'47"64 E
Decimal Degrees: 42,7444; 10,3799
Locator (WWL): JN52ER
Day Degree: 1.204
Climatic zone (a): C
Starting Thermal Plants: 10 hours from November 15 to March 31
Seismic Classification: very low sismicity
ISTAT Code: 049004
Land Registry Code: LB669
Festive Day: 16 Agosto 
Patron Saint: San Rocco 

Capoliveri is an ancient castle fortified on a hill by the Pisani in the twelfth century ; the village was founded in the Etruscan-Roman age, in a strategic position from which it was possible to control the two seas on the south and west side. Through the streets of Capoliveri it is possible to breath a charming medieval atmosphere thanks to its well preserved architecture. The village owes its name to the Latin "Caput Liberum" "Free Hill" which dates back to Roman times.

Setted on a hill, this small town has grown in the heart of Elba’s mining area, between the two iron mines of Monte Calamita and Ginevro. From the panoramic position of Capoliveri that is located on the top of an isolated ridge, you can enjoy a wonderful view over the west watching Golfo Stella and Golfo di Lacona. The north-eastern side is dominated by an amazing view picturing the plain of Mola and the village of Porto Azzurro, under which Capoliveri was initially set until its independence in 1906.

The coasts of Capoliveri are among the most attractive of the island, with high cliffs, small bays and pure crystal water.

The old town center of Capoliveri has grown around Piazza Matteotti, from which starts the main street via Matteotti and over twenty more alleys  ( called “chiassi “ by locals).

Along the two main streets of Via Roma and Via Ciro Menotti you can find many shops where to buy gifts and local crafts as well as delicious restaurants and taverns where you can enjoy the taste of the delightful food prepared by great Chefs.

On the eastern slope of the village, the sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie risesperched on beautiful scenic hills. Another one is located in Lacona named Madonna della neve, inside of which there are paintings attributed to the school of Raffaello. Nearby Capoliveri you can also visit the fascinating ruins of the Church of San Michele and the Fort Focardo  that guards over the Gulf of Longone.

We recommend you to visit also Villa Foresi, in the middle of the Plain of Lacona. This estate actually belongs to a farm that offers delightful wine tasting tours. A breathtaking event to attend, if you're in the area at the right time, is the evocative celebration named festa dell' Innamorata, which happens on the 14th of July, as well as Festa dell'Uva (feast of Grapes), which takes place on the first October's weekend and festa del Cavatore.


Sunday outdoor market in Lacona from 8:00 to 13:00

The most important events in the municipality of Capoliveri are:

  • 50 days after Pentecoste, Festa del Cavatore
  • May Legend Cup MTB
  • July 14 Legend of the Innamorata
  • August Blue Night
  • First Sunday of October, Festa dell'Uva (Grape Festival)

District of Capoliveri

Capoliveri offers many beaches, the greatest one is surely Lacona, which has become over time a fully serviced tourist location, thanks to the presence of many campsites where you can spend your holiday.

Other important beach resorts are Lido di Capoliveri, Barabarca, Morcone and Naregno.


Lido di Capoliveri

The resort of Lido di Capoliveri is situated at the beginning of the wide plain of Mola, about halfway of the provinc...

Costa dei Gabbiani

Renowned tourist destination of Elba, Costa dei Gabbiani is the perfect place for the tourist who wants to isolate hi...

Pareti

The seaside resort of Pareti, is located between the two nearby beaches of Morcone and Innamorata along the Southern ...

Morcone

The seaside resort of Morcone is situated on the Southern Coast, just below Capoliveri’s village, in a lovely l...

Naregno

Naregno is a tourist resort in the Municipality of Capoliveri on the south-eastern coast of Elba. The beach is about ...

Lacona

Lacona is a beach resort located in the middle of the southern coast. The village is characterized by a wide plain th...

Innamorata

Innamorata is a suggestive and popular touristic resort about 5 km away from the village of Capoliveri to which it be...

Barabarca

Barabarca is a lovely seaside location within the Municipality of Capoliveri, located midway between Mola’s tra...

Zuccale

Zuccale is a residential location which is mostly popular  for its beautiful beach. The resort of Zuccale belong...

Beaches from Capoliveri

The beaches of the Municipality of Capoliveri develop along the South-Eastern side of the island. The coast in front of Tuscany is highly marked by man's millenary mining activity.

The beaches in this area have a typical background strongly modelled by important terracing and characterized by the presence of old dismissed structures. Brown and red shades of the iron rocks dominate this trail of the coast; while the old remains of the iron have generated bright black beaches. One of the main morphological characteristic of the northern side is the deep bay of Mola, which goes on land in a vast alluvial plain, still used today for agriculture.

The Municipality of Capoliveri offers a wide range of beaches and coves, the most important of which is Lacona, a large sandy beach which is among the first three greatest beaches of Elba. Other important beaches are Lido di Capoliveri, Naregno, and those located around the promontory of Capoliveri.

More than 35 beaches of various type and morphological characteristics as well as size, spread along the coast. Some beaches are easy to access other ones can only be reached by sea.

At the base of the promontory of Capoliveri along the southern coast of Elba, there are many beaches and coves, among which we recommend the beach of Madonna delle Grazie in front of the sanctuary, followed by the beaches of Zuccale, Barabarca, Morcone, Pareti and beach dell'Innamorata.

On the eastern side we suggest the beaches of Naregno, Straccoligno and Ferrato.

Spiaggia di Naregno

Spiaggia di Naregno

Sandy beach ideal for children and close to Capoliveri.
Features: equipped with beach services.

Spiaggia di Straccoligno

Spiaggia di Straccoligno

Sandy beach suitable for children and disabled.
Features: equipped with bathing facilities.

Spiaggia Capo Perla

Spiaggia Capo Perla

Wild beach near Naregno.
Features: small bay with fine gravelly beach.

Spiaggia di Calanova

Spiaggia di Calanova

Beach of natural beauty mildly popular.
Features: with sand and gravel.

Spiaggia di Ferrato

Spiaggia di Ferrato

Wild and natural beach without services.
Features: pebbles and sand.

Malpasso beach

Malpasso beach

Wild and uncrowded beach.
Features: sandy and pebbly shore.

Spiaggia di Stagnone

Spiaggia di Stagnone

Small sandy beach.
Features: wild and difficult to achieve.

Spiaggia di Remaiolo

Spiaggia di Remaiolo

Sandy beach on the Costa dei Gabbiani.
Features: wild and equipped.

Spiaggia di Acquarilli

Spiaggia di Acquarilli

Wild beach from unpolluted waters.
Features: frequented by nudists.

Spiaggia di Punta Rossa

Spiaggia di Punta Rossa

Sandy and gravelly beach.
Features: wild and located in the mining area of ​​Capoliveri.

Spiaggia di Barabarca

Spiaggia di Barabarca

Small sandy and pebbly beach.
Features: natural and wild looking.

Zuccale Beach

Zuccale Beach

Small sandy and equipped beach.
Features: natural and wild.

Calamita Mine Beach

Calamita Mine Beach

Secluded gravelly mining beach.
Features: in the heart of the mining area of Capoliveri.

Innamorata beach

Innamorata beach

Sandy beach facing the Gemini islets.
Features: equipped with beach services.

Pareti Beach

Pareti Beach

Sandy beach ideal for children.
Features: equipped with bathing facilities.

Morcone beach

Morcone beach

Beach suitable for families with children.
Features: sand and fine gravel.

Margidore beach

Margidore beach

Wide pebbly and sandy beach near Lacona.
Features: quiet and partially equipped.

Lacona beach

Lacona beach

Wide sandy beach ideal for children.
Features: equipped with bathing facilities.

Laconella Beach

Laconella Beach

Beautiful sandy and wild beach.
Features: difficult to reach.

Cala della Contessa

Cala della Contessa

Small Cove close to Laconella.
Features: closed between the rocks.

Ghiaieto di Laconella

Ghiaieto di Laconella

Pebbly beach with no services.
Features: uncrowded.

Beach of Calanchiole

Beach of Calanchiole

Small sandy beach.
Features: mainly frequented by guests of the campsite.

Lido di Capoliveri Beach

Lido di Capoliveri Beach

Wide sandy beach, suitable for children.
Features: equipped with bathing facilities.

Felciaio Beach

Felciaio Beach

Beach looking natural and wild.
Features: small and uncrowded

Buzzancone Beach

Buzzancone Beach

Sandy and wild beach free of services.
Features: frequented by dogs.

Peducelli Beach

Peducelli Beach

Pebbly beach, free of services.
Features: uncrowded.

Madonna delle Grazie Beach

Madonna delle Grazie Beach

Small sandy and gravelly beach.
Features: caves in the nearby cliffs.

Istria Beach

Istria Beach

Pebbly beach near Calanova.
Features: wild and moderately popular.

Cala del Maretto

Cala del Maretto

Picturesque cove between the rocks.
Features: a natural pool.

Stecchi Beach

Stecchi Beach

Suggestive wild beach.
Features: the rocks on either side offer natural pools.

Spiaggia di Sassi Neri

Spiaggia di Sassi Neri

Wild pebbly beach.
Features: located near an old mine.

Norsi Beach

Norsi Beach

Pebbly beach looking wild.
Features: located in the center of Gulf Stella.

Points of interest Capoliveri

In Capoliveri, we suggest you to visit the beautiful Piazza Matteotti and the Mineral Museum Alfeo Ricci located below the square. The parish church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the peculiar squares of Gitto and the one of Vantina.

The Pieve of San Michele is really close from the town center of Capoliveri;it was originally dedicated to the Saints Giovanni and Michele and built in the twelfth century at the times of the Marine Republic of Pisa. The Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie: a structure built during the sixteenth century preserves a painting of the Virgin Mary by Marcello Venusti.

The Fort Focardo islocated at the end of the plain of Mola and it is a massive solid castle built during the Spaniard's domination (1678) in order to defend Longone's square, together with Fort San Giacomo located at the other end of the gulf.

The Sanctuary of Madonna della Neve is located on the top of a hill in Lacona and overlooks the plain below. The Sanctuary was renovated in Baroque style around the sixteenth century, but it was surely built upon the foundations of a Romanesque church of the twelfth century.

Nearby Costa dei Gabbiani it is also worth visiting the mines of Ginevro, where you can learn the locals history. There are two main areas frequented by hikers, bikers, horse riders and trekkers: the area of ​​Mount Calamita and Mount Tambone up on the Fonza promontory that links the beach of Laconella with the one of Fonza situated on the side of Campo nell'Elba.There are still many lovely paths for walks and outdoor sports, such as the trail which connects Capoliveri to Madonna delle Grazie.

Another interesting trail is the one that goes from the Madonnina (just below the village of Capoliveri), to the beach of Norsi. This is a short military link on the coast which extended from the beach of Innamorata to the one of Lacona until a couples of decades ago.

Getting around by Bus

Shuttle Bus in Capoliveri

Shuttle Bus in Capoliveri

Shuttle bus to the resorts and beaches of the municipality of Capoliveri.

Events

Events in Capoliveri

Events in Capoliveri

Guide and calendar of major events taking place every year within  Capoliveri in Elba Island.

Geography of Elba

Costa dei Gabbiani

Costa dei Gabbiani

Wild and unspoiled coast characterized by bays, lands rich of iron and old mining deposits.

Diving

Gemini Islands

Gemini Islands

Appreciated for their sea bottom and by the sport fishing’s lovers

Free Climbing itineraries

Falesie Costa dei Gabbiani

Falesie Costa dei Gabbiani

Various free climbing paths free climbing on the cliffs of the Costa dei Gabbiani

Excursions

Mines of Calamita

Mines of Calamita

Guided tour to the mines of Calamita, gallery of the Ginevro and Yard of the Vallone in Capoliveri. 

The Mines of Elba

The Mining Site of Vallone

The Mining Site of Vallone

A natural open air amphitheater that tells the millennial extractive activity in the mines of Calamita in Capoliveri.
The Ginevro Mine

The Ginevro Mine

The only underground mine on Elba is the largest deposit of magnetite in Europe.

Museums

Seamuseum

Seamuseum

It houses the Polluce’s treasure, found offshore Capo Calvo, on Elba.
Mineral Museum Alfeo Ricci

Mineral Museum Alfeo Ricci

The village of Capoliveri is the home for fabulous specimens of Elba minerals, which were collected by Alfeo Ricci.

Monuments

Fort Focardo

Fort Focardo

Constructed in Spanish Age it offers a marvellous view on Porto Azzurro and Cima del Monte.

Places of worship at Elba

Our Lady of Graces shrine

Our Lady of Graces shrine

The church is near the sea in a quiet and shady zone 3 kilometres away from Capoliveri.
Saint Michael Parish Church

Saint Michael Parish Church

XII century place of worship near Capoliveri

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