A local legend says that when Venus rose from the waves, seven precious stones fell from her tiara, creating seven islands off the Tuscan coast. A bit of poetry is essential in life, but the practical things are equally important: how can you reach the 7 islands in the Tuscan archipelago? Here are all the things you need to know to reach them.
Elba is the biggest (224 km2) and busiest island in the Tuscan Archipelago. It can be reached throughout the year with a one-hour journey by boat from the port of Piombino.
From here you reach Portoferraio (the main port of the island), Rio Marina and Cavo. You can also reach the island by plane, with a stopover at the small airport located in La Pila, in the municipality of Campo nell’Elba (website).
The shipping companies on Elba are Toremar, Blu Navy, Corsica-Ferries and Moby Lines.
The island of Giglio is accessible throughout the year one hour by boat from the port of Porto Santo Stefano (Monte Argentario).
From here the maritime connections reach Giglio Porto, the island’s main port.
Shipping companies to Giglio Island: Toremar and Maregiglio.
The island of Giannutri can be reached throughout the year one hour by boat from the port of Porto Santo Stefano (Monte Argentario); there are fewer maritime connections in the winter, while they’re daily during the summer season, there are back in one day.
There are also departures from Giglio Island.
The shipping company to Giannutri is Maregiglio.
The island of Capraia is accessible throughout the year with about three hours of navigation from the port of Livorno.
To visit the island you don’t need a car since the only 800-metre-long driveway is served by bus and also because access by car on the island is restricted in the summer.
Shipping company to the island of Capraia is Toremar.
The island of Gorgona is the smallest and northernmost island in the Tuscan Archipelago and is home to an agricultural penal colony, so the visits are limited.
Departures (it’s a ferry ride of about 1.5 hours) are from the port of Livorno in front of the statue of the 4 Moors with the shipping company Toremar.
Pianosa can be visited throughout the year with daily service operated by Aquavision from the port of Marina di Campo (ticket information in Marina di Campo +39 976 022 0565 or cell. +39 3287095470) or every Tuesday from Rio Marina with Toremar ferries.
Only 350 people per day can visit Pianosa and they have to pay 6€ to the park.
Montecristo is special because it is the only one that is unaccessible and kept by the Italian government as a nature reserve where only researchers can access.
All the info about Montecristo here: Island of secrets and mysteries.