Mineral District Archeological Museum in Rio nell’Elba

Archeological artefacts and exquisite minerals found on the Island

Rio nell'Elba

The Mineral District Archeological Museum is located in Rio nell’Elba, in the Barcolaio, and illustrates the history of the island, which is often tied to its extraordinary mineral resources that have been mined since Prehistory.

Ancient archeological artefacts coming from the island are on display, like those from the San Bennato steelworks (Cavo, Rio Marina) or the grave goods from the Grotto di San Giuseppe, a natural grotto that was used as a burial site for generations. There are also bronze objects from the 19th-century collection of Raffaello Foresi and the grave goods found in the Buraccio necropolis.

The Museum also preserves the Mineral Collection of the People of Rio: an evocative collection of minerals that are native to the island and which is part of an exhibition itinerary that explains the geological origins of eastern Elba, its extraordinary minerals and the techniques used for processing bronze and iron, from antiquity to today.


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. ...