Civic Archeological Museum, Portoferraio

Civic Archeological Museum

The museum is home to artifacts from Roman villas and other archaeological sites around the territory

The Civic Archeological Museum in Portoferraio is housed in an ancient salt warehouse in Linguella. It is home to many artifacts from all over the Tuscan archipelago which are on display in the museum in order of age and where they were found. The artifacts span a time period from the end of the eighth century BC to the fifth century AD. The museum tells the history of the archipelago and its strategically important role for maritime trade since antiquity.

The ruins of the ancient Roman Villa Linguella are next to the museum. On the other side of Portoferraio bay (5kms from Portoferraio, along the Porto Azzurro road) are the ruins of another Roman villa, known as the Villa della Grotte. Its possible to visit this villa in the summer from 9am to 6:30pm.

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Elba island’s chief town and main port
Portoferraio is one of the island's most ancient towns. Its origins date back to the Ligurians, the Etruscans and the Greeks, before becoming a Roman colony called Fabricia. The layout of Portoferraio was designed by Cosimo I dei Medici who, after changing the town’s name to Cosmopoli in 1548, also built the town’s defences. In 1814, the city gave refuge to the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte. ...