As the legend goes, when Venus’ necklace broke, seven pearls dropped into the Tyrrhenian Sea, thus forming the archipelago off the coast of Tuscany. Since 1996, the islands have been protected as part of a national park.
Elba is the largest of the sister islands with 147 km of coastline and a varied landscape that includes white-sand beaches, small fishing villages and rolling green hills. Gorgona, Capraia, Monte Cristo and Pianosa are relatively uninhabited and known for their wildlife. Plus, as part of a marine sanctuary, snorkelling off the coast is a must. Giglio provides interesting sightseeing, like Roman ruins and an Etruscan shipwreck. Finally, Giannutri is free of cars and full of dramatic cliffs and coves.