The dock is in the middle of town at the bottom of the impressive Fortezze Medicee. To the left, as you leave your ship, is the central business district and ferry docks; to the right, as you round the bottom of the Fortezze, is the marina with the yachts and upscale shops and many restaurants and cafes.
Portoferraio is very walkable.
Plenty of taxis available.
Overview picture of Portoferraio. Your ship will dock at the bottom left in front of the fort.
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Napoleon was banished to the island and both of his homes (summer & winter) are available to tour. You can hike, bicycle, swim or walk around the plaza at night with the locals. Incredible beauty - many small towns set on hilltops. Many castles. Flowers galore and the interior is full of old, little viewed churches.
From the end of May to the end of August, there's a little tourist train that offers a series of different sightseeing tours for 5 euros.
The buses provide all year round connections with all the major towns, and from June to September the Marebus service is brought on and provides connections with the beaches in Portoferraio, Marciana, Rio nell'Elba and Capoliveri. Buses depart in front of the ferry terminals, abour 200 meters to the left of the cruise dock.
You can also purchase a Bus Elbacard for tourists with which you can travel anywhere on all the urban and suburban lines, valid either for 1 day or for 7 days. The one-day ticket costs 10 euro.
It pays to compare your cruise line tours here
Plenty op upscale as well as souvenir shops as you leave your ship and head towards the marina.
In the old historic district the town offers free wifi up to 4 hours, which is not always working as expected. Many sidewalk cafes offer free wifi.
Most shops and businesses in Italy open from Monday to Saturday from around 8am until 1pm, and from about 4pm until 7pm, though many shops close on Saturday afternoons and Monday mornings, and in the south the day can begin and end an hour later. In the north some businesses work to a 9am-5pm day to facilitate international dealings. Traditionally, everything except bars and restaurants closes on Sunday, though most towns have a pasticceria open in the mornings, while in large cities and tourist areas, Sunday opening is becoming more common.
January 1 (New Year's Day)
January 6 (Epiphany)
Pasquetta (Easter Monday)
April 25 (Liberation Day)
May 1 (Labour Day)
August 15 ( Ferragosto ; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
November 1 ( Ognissanti ; All Souls Day)
December 8 ( Immaccolata ; Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
December 25 ( Natale ; Christmas)
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