Elba has always been considered a favourite destination for those who wish to spend a holiday surrounded by nature, clean beaches and crystal clear sea without the need for a long journey by sea or several hours by plane. The atmosphere of the towns inland and the villages along the coast is the same as in any other Tuscan town with a large central square, church and town hall facing each other, as two such powers ought to, grocery shops and bars frequented by the locals. The natural surroundings however add something special: low vegetation and the Mediterranean bushes which are typical for the islands, alternating with vineyards and olive groves.
Rio Marina is one of those villages with a square that opens onto the port and the marine horizon. The village has something further to offer: a history of mines and iron quarrying which has left its mark from the Etruscans up to recent times.