Capoliveri has always been a land of vineyards and fine wine, to be enjoyed with some of the many delicious local dishes. The name originates from Caput Liberi, Latin for Liberus’ Hill, meaning sacred to Bacchus. The biggest cultural event on the calendar is in fact the Grape Festival, held in October, in which many harvest themed events take place.
With an abundance of lush landscape and the glittering sea, a range of activities are available to make the most of the stunning setting. Capoliveri bike park is one such place, perfect for cycling enthusiasts, or you could follow some of the trails across Monte Calamita, rewarding you with incredible views. With its myriad of bays, inlets and beautiful beaches, and of course, the magnificent Mount Calamita, there are many beaches which you must make sure to see. Take a trip to Capo di Stella, Barabarca or Innamorata beach where the ‘Love Festival’ on July 14 is an excellent time. Legend has it that two star-crossed young lovers, Lorenzo and Maria met in secret on Innamorata beach, before meeting a tragic end.
A boat tour is an excellent way to see Capoliveri at its very best, with the hills and valleys alongside you as you cruise the mesmeric coast. Keeping on a maritime theme, the Museo del Mare explores another fascinating aspect of Capoliveri’s past. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to Elba island, drawing history lovers to the island, but the waters saw more than just this momentous event. The Pollux ship was on its way from Naples to Marseille when it sank with an enormous hoard of coins on board, prompting a massive treasure hunt. The museum hosts an exhibition on that shipwreck that is well worth visiting.