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ELBA >> Rio Marina
 
  The Beaches
The commune Rio Marina was founded as late as in 1882 and is located in Elba's mining heart, just behind the mountains where iron was extracted. The houses, built to accommodate the miners were placed on the mountains and some even inside already exploited mines. Even today, especially in the medieval part of Rio Marina behind the harbor, ancient houses are preserved, covered with a reddish layer of ferrous maltha and the beaches in the area glimmer thanks to the ferrous materials.
The most interesting excursions to do around Rio Marina are obviously concentrated to its mining history. The Minerals of Elba Museum "Collezione Gennai Tonietti", prepared by miners at Palazzo Comunale di Rio is worth visiting. Just as charming is the place between Rio Marina and Capo Castello, in the locality Capo Pero, where they still keep remainders of an ancient Etruscan furnace. The nearby Roman Villa, Capo Castello, is also worth a visit, immersed in the exuberant Mediterranean bush in the north-eastern part of the island. Not far from the mining area, the villa stretched out over three localities that today have three different names, Capo Castello, Capo di Mattea and Colle del Lentisco, divided on sloping terraces. The center of Rio Marina instead, offers the polygonal tower degli Appiani that dominates Porticciolo di Rio, and the Latin cross-shaped 16:th century church San Rocco century that is easily accessible from the public gardens.

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