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8 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2
Porto Azzurro, Elba Island, Province of Livorno, Tuscany

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“Charming, but noisy road”
Reviewed 23 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Charming, but noisy road

Location and surroundings

The house is situated above the Golfo di Mola, with an awesome view of the gulf. The gulf itself is in walking distance (maybe 100-150m) from the house across the road.

Although one can swim in the gulf, it's not particularly well suited for this. The water is shallow for a long stretch and has a lot of sea grass. Also the beach is a "doggy beach", ie. dog owners walk their dogs there, which makes it none too clean. It's advisable to drive a few km to one of the other beaches there (keep in mind the traffic though, which can at times be quite intense).

From the road a steep driveway leads up to the house, which sits a few metres above the road. Around the house there's a variety of mediterranean plants, including a nice selection of herbs (handy for cooking!).

The House

From the entrance one enters a small living room, with a large window towards the gulf. The window can be closed with big shutters; we had them closed most of the time to keep the heat and noise out. To the left of the living room is a decently sized kitchen. Also to the left are a bathroom, a tiny bunk bedroom, a smaller and a bigger bedroom. To the right there's another (smaller) bathroom, a small bedroom and a nice terrace. All in all, the house is not terribly spacious, but not too cramped either.


The furniture is very tastefully done, with old prints on the wall, a very beautiful pharmacists' cupboard and some other nice pieces. Some of the beds are a bit shaky though. The terrace has a beautiful large table, ideal for hosting dinners for guests. The kitchen has decent equipment in general, with a nice selection of kitchenwares. Somewhat suboptimal was the refrigerator which even at max. setting could not generate a lot of cold. Beware: the Wifi was very flaky, and barely worked. Do not depend on it for anything serious beyond the most casual tasks. I had to do some work there, and ended up purchasing a prepaid card (I've used Vodafone and got mostly decent connectivity). Note that there is no A/C beyond a fan. We didn't use the TV so I can't comment on that. When we arrived, one of the toilets was broken, but this was fixed after some trial-and-error by the local plumber.

Road Noise

As mentioned above, the provincial road runs just below the house. Now, the road may not look like much on Google Maps. However, during our stay there the road was carrying quite a lot of traffic, and the road noise can be heard very well in the house, especially the front-facing rooms and the terrace. Unfortunately, traffic runs not only during day, but also late into the night. Regular cars weren't that bad, but having high-powered motorcycles run by the window at 2am at top speed cost me quite some sleep. Add to that disco lovers with the sound system at full crank, busses going early in the morning... it was a bit unnerving at times. Unfortunately, closing the windows is not an option, as the heat would quickly become overwhelming (keep in mind that the house has no A/C).


Note that there are some pests around, namely mosquitoes and ants. The mosquitoes are quite numerous and aggressive; the landlord provides some insecticides, but we were glad we brought our own as well, and also plenty of repellent etc. Windows have mosquito nets, but some of them we're leaky (we taped them up).

The ants are only a minor annoyance, but it's important to keep the kitchen clean and not have any foodstuffs lying around.


This is a charming property, with a great view and nice furniture. The equipment has some weaknesses, but nothing major, as long as you don't need internet. The biggest caveat is the noisy road. If you're a light sleeper or are looking for quiet, this may not be the right place for you.

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Liked best: Great view of the Golfo
Liked least: Road noise at night, bad Wifi
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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