Capoliveri

an old fortified castle of the Pisan population
Capoliveri
Capoliveri is situated in the southeast of the Island of Elba, on a ridge of Mount Calamita, 167 meters above sea level.
The Capoliveri District covers for 39.51 Km2 and counts less than 3,000 inhabitants (2,808 on 1st January 1996), highly concentrated in the town centre that only in these last decades expanded itself in new quarters outside the ancient town walls.

Its name and origin date from the Roman period: Caput Liberi is Latin for Liberus' Hill, meaning sacred to Bacchus, and since ancient times has been a land of vineyards and excellent wine.

The whole town is gathered around the top of an isolated ridge and was founded during the Etruscan-Roman age as a hill fortress in a strategically position from where it was possible to control both the Western and the Southern sea and, from some higher places, to even look at the Northern sea and Portoferraio itself - the ancient Roman town called Fabricia.



Places of historical and cultural interest are: the Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie, the Focardo Fortress and the Chapel of San Michele Apse.

The most important festivity in Capoliveri is the ┬źLeggende dell'Innamorata┬╗ on July 14th.
Procession of more then 100 figurants in historical costume from the town centre as far as the Innamorata beach. By the light of 100 torches they commemorate the sad love story of two young Capoliverians who died in the waves of the sea in front of Capoliveri.

Market day: Thursday.