Promontorio Enfola - Isola d'Elba

The mineral district Civic Museum

A collection of minerals from Elba Island

Rio nell'Elba
This museum is housed in the modern Barcolaio building. Many of the minerals on display in the museum come from recent digs in the local territory, such as those near the San Bennato metalworks at Cavo (Rio Marina) which were carried out in 1999. Some of the other items on display come from other museums, such as the materials from the San Giuseppe Cave. These items were brought back to Rio Marina after having been on display in the museum at Marciana. Other minerals used to be on display at the Raffaelllo Foresi Anthropology Museum in Florence. The Collezione dei Minerali della Gente di Rio (Mineral Collection of the People of Rio) contains many noteworthy examples of minerals from the eastern part of the island. The collection was gathered in the 1950s by locals and ex-miners.

The museum’s collections are divided on two floors. The central theme of the museum is the wealth of mineral ore on Elba Island and how those minerals have been used in the past. Display cases take visitors from the Bronze Age to the Medieval period. The Collezione dei Minerali della Gente di Rio has been part of the museum since 2008 and boasts many fascinating samples from the eastern part of the island.

Opening hours
Spring 9:30am – 12;30pm and 3:30pm – 6:30pm. Closed Wednesdays
Summer 9:30am – 12.30pm and 4:30pm – 7:30pm. Closed Wednesdays

Entry fee
€2,50 / €2,00 discounted ticket

Disabled access

Contact information
via Mazzini
Rio nell'Elba (Livorno)
Telephone 0565 943411; 0565 943428; 0565 943459

Rio nell'Elba
Situated on the side of a hill, Rio nell’Elba offers a stunning view of Portoferraio bay
Rio nell’Elba is located 170 meters high on a hillside facing the northeastern side of Elba Island. Among the island’s oldest villages, Rio nell’Elba’s origins can be traced back to the Bronze Age. It conserves many traces of its past, including archeological finds from the sea. ...