Pisan Fortress

Point of Interest

Pisan Fortress


June 3 to October 29:
- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (daily)
- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays)
- Tuesday closed


Marciana, Isola d'Elba




Located in the highest part of the ancient village of Marciana, the Pisan Fortress is an important local historical landmark which offers breath-taking views and a birds-eye perspective of the western part of the island.

Built during the 12th century, at the time of the Pisan Republic, the Fortress was an important defensive stronghold where the inhabitants of the area found refuge during pirate attacks, which were very frequent at the time, or during conflicts.

The quadrangular shape which is still visible today dates back to the 12th century but was modified in the 15th century, when four bastions with arrowhead masonry were added.

The inner courtyard surrounded by defensive walls now houses a stage where events are held in summer.

The southern bastion houses a Dolia, a large ceramic jar where wine was stored and fermented. It was found in the excavations of the Etruscan fortress of Monte Castello di Procchio in the 1970s and is a symbol of the workmanship and productivity which has always characterised the Island of Elba.

Not to be missed is the walkway that crosses the structure from the south-west bastion to the north-west bastion. Here, at the highest point of the fortress, you can experience one of the most beautiful views of the island. From Marciana Marina to the promontory of Enfola and Portoferraio, with the backdrop of Piombino and the lush Monte Capanne, visitors will enjoy an exquisite view which will not be forgotten in a hurry.



Single ticket: 2 €
Cumulative ticket for the Civic Archaeological Museum, the Pisan Fortress and the Numismatic Educational Museum
2 museums: 3 €
3 museums: 4 €

How to get there

When you arrive in the town of Marciana, you can park in the square in front of the fortress. The fortress can be entered from a small gate.

To Learn More

The Museum System in Marciana