Centro Fiorenza’s branch on the island of Elba opened in 1984 and it keeps all the characteristics of friendliness and professional standards that distinguish the school in Florence.
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Located in Tuscany, Elba is Italy’s third largest Mediterranean island, following Sicily and Sardinia and is just two hours away from Florence.
Elba offers a variety of astonishing landscapes for students to learn Italian. Students can catch a cable car up to Monte Capanne (1019m high), the highest point of Elba and view the island’s spectacular, sandy beaches, clear, pristine waters and pine forests.
There are also many coastal trails with breathtaking views of the island and mountains. The trails are divided into 12 sections and are named after local plants and herbs that are predominant along that particular section. Students can relieve any stress and take a walk to explore nearby fishing villages such as Marciana Marina and Porto Azzurro, or hill villages like Poggio, Marciana and Capoliveri.
Elba also has a rich and varied history that goes back to the Stone Age. The island is most famous around the world for harboring French Emperor Napoleon in 1814 during his exile.
But its history goes back to prehistory when a series of rulers governed the island from the Etruscans, Egyptians, and Greeks to the Romans who all exploited its rich mines full of minerals and iron. During the middle Ages, Pisa, Appiani and the Medici family all ruled Elba.
Reminders of its rich past are scattered on the island and in collections of Elba’s interesting museums such as The Parco Minerario dell’Isola D’Elba, where students can aboard a little train which will take you around the mining park with guides.
Students can make the most of their time studying in Elba by visiting some of the islands top attractions such as the two Napoleonic Residences: The Villa dei Mulini and The Villa San Martino, which contain the original furniture and the library of Napoleon’s books.
There are also plenty of outdoor activities such as: biking, rafting, dolphin and whale watching, windsurfing, free climbing, paragliding and hiking.
There are also many nightclubs open during the summer months, where you can drink, chat, dance and enjoy yourself.
While learning Italian in Elba, you must visit one of the island's many bars like the Baretto, or the famous Bar Roma in the old part of Portoferraio, or the Tamata in Porto Azzurro who all prepare tasty aperitifs and are perfect for visiting before going out for dinner.
The cuisine of the island differs from the traditional Italian, mostly due to the strong influence of Middle East. One of the traditional dishes of Elba is imbollita, a tortilla, backed from figs, which grow a lot here. There are also lots of pizzerias and seafood restaurants with fresh local produce.
While taking a break from school, students should discover many of 70 beautiful beaches Elba has to offer, such as Le Viste, near the Villa dei Mulini and Zuccale, near Capoliveri.
Elba is not a typical tourist destination, so you won't find large crowds like in other Mediterranean islands. In the friendliness and simplicity of its inhabitants one can catch something of the old traditions.