Torre di Marina di Campo
Monuments

The Tower of Marina di Campo

The strategic points of the Isle of Elba

Campo nell'Elba
The Tower of Marina di Campo rises above the small port, guarding the golf. In the past this was a fishing village. Today it is at the centre of town and is very popular during the summer season. This tower was built as part of a defense system during the Pisan domination and rises 25 metres above ground.The first settlements were in this area, especially around the Church of San Gaetano which used to be devoted to the subjects of the King of Napoli. This was one of the strategic points of the island for supremacy over the Mediterranean against the French who fought with the help of muslim pirates against the powerful monarchies of Charles V and Phillip II. Other similar architectural structures can be found along the coast like the Tower of San Giovanni which also dates to the 11th century and which controlled naval traffic between Piombino and the adjacent sea.



 

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Campo nell'Elba
Located on the flattest and southernmost point of the island
Marina di Campo was once a fishing village adjacent to the wide sandy bay. Today it is the main town of the Commune of Campo nell’Elba. Its beach, the longest on the island, is the one most frequented during the summer season. A cylindrical tower rises on the western end of the bay of Marina di Campo and was built as a defensive system, probably during Pisan rule. ...
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