Rio Marina was once called the Iron Capital. The eastern side of the Island of Elba still has numerous mines that were used for the excavation and transport of ferrous minerals from the time of the Etruscans and Romans until 1981, when the last mine was closed.
Today Rio Marina is a thriving tourist resort and the buildings that once belonged to the mines have been used as museums.
The east coast is made up of ferrous soil which, with the classic reddish color, characterizes the town, the beaches and the seabed.
The stretch of coast that goes from Rio Marina to Cavo has been called the “Costa that shines” due to the glitter of the mining dust. It is one of the 3 ports for the docking of ferries to the Island of Elba connected with Piombino.
The port and the beaches of Rio Marina are only 4 km away from our hotel, about 20 minutes by car.