Good news, travelers: no more worrying about rain in paradise!
This year the hotels on Elba Island, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, have teamed up to guarantee tourists refunds for rainy days on their May or September and October trips.
Based on the new Elba No Rain initiative, if it rains for more than two hours between 10 am and 8 pm they’ll give you a refund for one night’s stay – though meals and some taxes may not apply. If it rains every day for more than two hours at a time the entire stay will be free.
Rain is rare on Elba – and in all of Italy – in the summer, but the shoulder season can be slightly more variable. The initiative is meant to attract more visitors outside of the crush of crowds June through August.
During our August trip to the island we took a day away from the crowded beaches to get to a nearly deserted and nearly impossible-to-reach beach for a bit of seclusion.
The only other person on the beach had come by boat (much easier) and actually lived on Elba Island. He said the island is absolutely gorgeous year round, but that September was his favorite month – it’s free from the crowds but still warm enough to swim.
Elba is a favorite for Italian tourists, but, according to the New York Times article on Elba No Rain, they only come for the beach. In fact, the idyllic island offers a lot in the way of nature, activities and even culture. Beyond the water sports, you can take a lift to the summit of Mount Capanne for stunning views or go hiking, biking or even golfing. And if it does happen to rain on your vacation, head out to tour one of Napoleon’s two villas during his exile in 1814.
I personally would never avoid an Italian island for fear of rain ruining my vacation, but now travelers don’t have to make that choice. After all, a little rain might just mean a free night’s stay!