The capital and main seaport of Elba Island, Portoferraio bears traces of the Ligurians, Etruscans and ancient Greeks and Romans. It’s peppered with historic villas overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast as well as imposing Medici forts. The Town Hall is available for your nuptials, with your love made legal in the Salone Ottocentesco. For a truly sweet celebration, see the former biscuit factory, the Palazzo della Biscotteria, where you can get married in the historic cloister in the building that’s now home to the town offices of Portoferraio.
The 16th century cloister in the Caserma De Laugier is another interesting choice: commissioned in 1562 by Cosimo I de ‘Medici, the building was once a convent, then a barracks and is now a cultural and congress center with a splendid view of Portoferraio and the Medici dock lying below. Thespians will be thrilled by the Teatro dei Vigilanti, with many stages in its history, from church to warehouse to military building, Napoleon Bonaparte turned it into a theatre to be used for exhibitions and special events in 1814. Those enamoured with history may instead turn to the Archaeological museum located in the old salt store rooms of the Linguella Medicean Fortresses with Etruscan and Roman artefacts found from shipwrecks and villas revealing the centuries of culture in the area.
Fortresses symbolize strength and timelessness, two things aptly suited for a strongly-starting marriage! Built by the Medici to defend the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Forte Falcone sits at the highest point of Portoferraio with impressive defensive features designed by architect Giovanni Battista Bellucci. It’s connected by large walls to Forte Inglese, overlooking the sea and an extraordinary location for your wedding ceremony.