The Museum of Elban Minerals

The Alfeo Ricci collection


The museum is located in a city building and exhibits minerals from various parts of the Island of Elba, with a focus on the eastern part of the island where iron mines are located.The collection includes a number of exceedingly beautiful exemplars including the rare prasio quartz discovered for the first time by Alfeo Ricci on the Island of Elba; a polarized magnet from the mines at Capoliveri; and a calcite with epidote which has a pseudo-hexagonal crystallization which is the only one of its kind in the world.

Opening hours:
April 15-June 15: Every day, 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm
June 16-September 7: Every day, 10:30am-12:30pm and 7pm-midnight
 September 8-October 31: Every day, 10am-1pm and 4pm-8pm

Entrance fee:
€2.00 full price
€1.00 reduced price

Accessible for wheelchair users.

Via Palestro
Ph: +39 0565 935492

A sacred area for the Romans who reveled in the wines produced here
Capoliveri is situated in the southeast of the Island of Elba, on a ridge of Mount Calamita, 167 meters above sea level. Its name and origin date back to the Roman period: ‘Caput Liberi’ is Latin for ‘Liberus' Hill’, meaning sacred to Bacchus, and since ancient times has been a land of vineyards and excellent wine. ...