Cruising along the coastline, you can see Tuscany at its most beautiful. Known for its white sandy beaches, Elba is the largest of the seven islands in the Tuscan Archipelago, a chain of islands between the Ligurian Sea and Tyrrhenian Sea. Historically, the Tuscan Archipelago played a crucial role in ancient navigation over the Western Mediterranean, guiding sailors and helping them to calculate their position, as well as providing food and shipping supplies. Some islands face restrictions or are protected in order to preserve their natural beauty. Pianosa, for example, can only be visited by a maximum of 250 people per day, there are no accommodation facilities, and boats must be authorized while Montecristo takes up to 1,000 people a year on organized nature excursions, but you can also take your own trip on the island, landing in Cala Maestra with your own boat, making sure to contact the necessary authorities. Keep in mind, however, that you can’t swim or stay overnight here. For more details on these regulations see here.