Holiday Apartments Santa Lucia - Patresi Elba Island TuscanyThe holiday apartments Casa Vacanze Santa Lucia are situated just a few hundred metres from the  Pratesi beach away, on the north-west side of the Island of Elba in Tuscany. Patresi is a small rural village, part of the municipality of Marciana, one of the antiquest places of the island of Elba. The existence of the place was once based on the wine production, but today of this production only remained the renowned dessert wines  L'Aleatico and Il Moscato. The small village has remained unchanged, with typical Tuscany countryside buildings and only a few houses were biult in the surroundings.

View over PatresiHere we are in the western part of Elba Island, underneath the enormous Monte Capanne (1019 mt.) that can be reached through a cableway from Marciana. Don't miss the opportunity of the unforgettalbe view from the mountain, when the sky is clear. One can view from there the whole extension of the island towards east, with all the inlets and beautiful beaches as well it is possible to admire the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago (Gorgonia, Capraia, Pianosa,  Monte Cristo, Giglio and sometimes also Giannutri) and Corsica. 

View over the Fetovia BeachAt Patresi there are two beaches: Patresi Mare, with a small boat harbour and a gravel beach; La Polveraia,  that can be reached by a ten minutes walk, following a path along the coast and has therefore maintained its natural and untouched beauty. The nearest sand beach is Santa Andrea, where also a boat rental can be found. Naturally, along the western coast, there are much more beautiful beaches, thus as the Fetovaia and Cavoli beach, to be reached in 15 minutes by car. At Patresi can be found a small grocer's shope with the most important everyday needs as well as a restaurant with a delicious pizza and tasteful local fish dishes.

View over the lighthouse of PatresiThe nearest supermarket can be found at Marciana Marina, about 15 km away, where it is furthermore possible to rent a car, motor bike or bikes. Elba has a small airport outside of Marina di Campo that, in the summer season, offers domestic and international flights. But Elba does not only offer beautiful beaches and a crystal clear sea! In Spring or Autumn it is worth discovering the beautiful landscape and the colours of the island, walking on pathways in the green with the scent of brooms, rosemary,  strawberry-trees and myrtle. For those who love excursions on foot or with the mountain bike, there are lots of footpaths of different difficulty levels.  From Patresi are starting footpaths up to the Monte Capanne, the highest mountain of the island.

View over the beautiful Biodola Beach outside PortoferraioElba is subdivided into 8 municipalities and each offers something historical, worth visiting. Portoferraio is the first: here are mooring most of the ferries reaching the island and already approaching from the sea into the harbour, one can see the Medici-town with the centuries old city walls and the fortifications. Absolutely worth visiting, the historic centre, the "Linguella" museum, the Villa dei Mulini and Villa San Martino, once Napoleon's residence during the years of his exile. Once mining places: Capoliveri, with characteristic historic centre,  Rio Marina  where it is possible to visit the mining museum, Rio nell'Elba with channel sources, the old wash-houses and the Mill Valley as well as Porto Azzurro with its multicoloured alleys.

View over Marciana MarinaIn the western part, we have Marciana Marina  with the typical boat harbour and the various colored houses, built until reaching the rocks, Marina di Campo with its beautiful beach and finally Marciana, medieval village with characteristic, narrow stair alleys. It is worth visiting the Archaeological museum and the Pisan fortress, where, in the summer months are taking place classic concerts. The municipality of Marciana (375 mt) is subdivided into two villages: Procchio appreciated for the marvellous beach, Poggio a few kilometres from Marciana with well-kept historic centre in a panoramic position that views over the sea. Then, there are then other hamlets  ZancaSant'Andrea, Patresi, Pomonte and Chiessi, places that until today have maintained their rural characteristics.  

Casa Vacanze Santa Lucia Via del Faro, 9 57030 Marciana - Elba (Livorno), Tuscany
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