Autumn in Tuscany: Let’s slow down the pace

Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Yes, it's always sad that summer is over, but that doesn't mean Fall isn't worthy of the same affection. The nature is changing from green to an incredible display of vibrant colors, just as your cheeks get a little ruddy from the colder weather. 

Autumn in Tuscany means good food, great wine, and gorgeous colours. 

It’s the autumn light, that make you love being alive in Italy!

Colours, flavours and emotions!

Besides being the harvest season - just think about the olive and grape harvest, mushrooms, truffle and chestnuts – it is also the ideal season for those looking for romantic landscapes.

End of September is the time when fall really starts to roll in. That means comfortable temperatures for sightseeing, exploring the countryside, engaging in outdoor activities, and even sunbathing on the coast.

Autumn in Portoferraio is a sustained color explosion.

So take a deep breath and remember that summer’s time is fleeting. Make the most of its last few moments!

Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach) : A wonder of nature

The Pink beach on Budelli Island owes its name to the colour of its sand, rich with tiny fragments of coral, granite and shells. Its spectacular colour is derived from a pink microorganism that inhabits the posidonia meadows and lives inside the shells. When it does, the shells are washed ashore and ground by water and wind.

You will find yourself facing clear waters that lap against reddish foreshore and, to your back, the Mediterranean vegetation displays the colours and scents !!!! (heavily scented macchia, juniper, lentisk, myrtle and arbutus) of a paradise on earth! Budelli, an oasis of wild nature, has been a private property since before the national park was created, to which it was assigned in May 2016, after an unsuccessful purchase attempt by a tycoon from New Zealand. 

It is located slightly to the south of Razzoli and Santa Maria, the two islands of the archipelago closest to the Bocche di Bonifacio. It covers 12 kilometres of coast and an uncontaminated territory of 25 hectares. The beach lost its original pink colour a long time ago and the access ban in force for 20 years has not helped to improve the situation. The microorganisms responsible for the special colour that makes the beach famous all around the world seem not to want to come back.

If you drop the anchor in the cove next to the pink beach, you can go ashore with a tender and get the famous beach after a  short walk on a wooden raised walkway.

Strictly protected and widely admired, the Spiaggia Rosa inspired also the Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, who in 1964 located there a scene of his first color movie called “Deserto Rosso”.

Portoferraio is usually the first destination for those who visit Elba island. 

From the sea, the city appears immersed in an inlet protected by ramparts: Portoferraio was in fact built around a series of de Medici fortifications requested by Cosimo I de Medici in the 16th century. The historic center has a unique charm and develops along the side of a small hill. North-west from the center you can reach the beautiful white beaches of Le Ghiaie, Capo Bianco, and Padulella. The beauty of this city also enchanted Napoleon himself, who chose Portoferraio as his main residence. When arriving in Portoferraio, be sure to pay attention to the ferries. It is a very busy ferry lane. It is best to cross the ferry lane as quickly as possible and by the shortest possible route. Reaching Portoferraio, you can moor in the ancient mooring “Darsena Medicea”, or in the mooring of the yard “Esaom Cesa”. You can have also a safe anchorage.

Elba sailing guide