Just to let you know that tickets for the regular ferry services connecting Elba's capital, Portoferraio, with Piombino on the Italian mainland can now be booked on-line at the Visit Elba website ( www.visitelba.com).  There's also the option of arranging car hire on-line. You can either collect a vehicle from Pisa Airport and then drive down to Piombino; or arrange to collect a car immediately on arrival in Elba. It's important to have a car if you're really going to discover the island.

Elba actually remains remarkably unexplored and it's ideal for those looking for a quiet escape where they can enjoy some of the simple pleasures of life including bird-watching, horse-riding, snorkelling and horse riding.