Sailing Holidays in Capoliveri

Capoliveri is a comune (municipality) on the island of Elba in Italy. Administratively it is part of the Province of Livorno in the Tuscany region, located about 130 kilometres (81 mi) southwest of Florence and about 90 kilometres (56 mi) south of Livorno. This small town that sits high up on the hill at 167 metres above sea level was in the past linked to a mineral and agricultural economy; today, it is one of Elba's liveliest and most characteristic towns, rich in fascinating history. The town's unusual and characteristic architecture makes you feel as though you are in a medieval town, with its narrow, picturesque alleys and archways called "chiassi", where small craftsmans' shops lie hidden, or where you can enjoy local dishes and very good wine. During the Middle Ages, Capoliveri was fortified by the Pisans against the continuous Saracen pirate attacks. Proof of this period are the remains of the Church of San Michele, a place of worship built in Romanesque style, where Pope Gregory XI held mass in 1376. The town is divided into four districts: il Fosso (the Ditch), la Torre (the Tower), la Fortezza (the Fortress) and il Baluardo (the Bulwark), and every October they celebrate the traditional Festa dell'Uva (Grape festival), confronting eachother amidst magnificent choreographies based on various themes of the grape harvest. The Grape Festival is not the only cultural celebration organized in Capoliveri, there is also the Festa dell'Innamorata on July 14th, a legend about Lorenzo and Maria, a young couple who were very much in love; and in the first ten days of the month of May there is the Festa del Cavatore, in honour of the ancient mining origins of the Island. The coastline is particularly beautiful, with its multitude of inlets and tiny bays surrounded by the unique beauty and typical perfumes of the Mediterranean scrub:the tiny inlets ofMorcone, Pareti and Innamorata, once tiny fishing villages and now beautiful holiday resorts, or the quiet beaches of Naregno, Madonna delle Grazie, Felciaio and Norsi, or the larger and busier Lacona, Lido and Margidore.