Our hotel on the Island of Elba » The children narrate

Hotel Barsalini - Hotel at Sant'Andrea - Island of ElbaIt's the 1950's. The first tourists start to arrive at the beautiful village of Sant'Andrea.

As more and more sun umbrellas slowly appear on the tiny beach, the locals pluck up a little courage and decide to offer the tourists some cool, refreshing drinks and pasta.

One of these locals was Dino, our grandfather, and his wife, who come to realize that running a restaurant is probably one of the best ways to earn a living on the island; with this in mind, they start to give hospitality to the new arrivals.

At the beginning there were only one or two tables, but it became obvious that grandmother's simple, but carefully chosen dishes are much appreciated by the tourists, so much so that year after year more and more started to come. In the meantime, dad grows up and learns all gran's cooking secrets as well as the art of hospitality.

Hotel Barsalini - Hotel at Sant'Andrea - Island of Elba In 1962 mum and dad get married.

The first years are far from easy, so at one point they decide to leave Sant'Andrea in search of work, and maybe learn a trade and, why not, maybe even a foreign language.

So for several years dad works as a waiter in Germany while mum brings up their first child Giuseppina in Sestri Levante where she works as chambermaid in a big hotel. It's 1963.

Hotel Barsalini - Hotel at Sant'Andrea - Island of Elba When they see that our grandfather's restaurant is doing really well, they decide they have gained enough experience abroad and come back to help our grandparents.

They all work very hard and eventually manage to turn what was simply the "Trattoria Barsalini" into the "Piccolo Hotel Barsalini".

In 1969 their second daughter Barbara is born, and two years later, in 1971, the birth of their son Davide completes the family.

Following in the footsteps of the previous two generations in our family, we too decide to help our parents in their work. Needless to say, as the number of guests increases, so do our rooms.

Although the family has grown over the years, we all still live here, and still treasure our traditions and passion both for our work as well as for our hotel that has grown with us.

We will always find endless joy telling our children this story .........


The Garden of Wellbeing for your relaxation


Guests can relax while they enjoy Hydrotherapy or a Finnish sauna in the peaceful open space of the hotel, with a breathtaking view of the Gulf of St. Andrea; here body and soul will find peace surrounded by the fragrances and colours of nature. Relaxing massages available on request.
Getting Married on the Island of Elba


Do you dream of spending the most important day of your life on a wonderful island?
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Excursions at Sant'Andrea, Island of Elba


A wide choice of possibilities for those who wish to enjoy Mother Nature to the full. Land lovers can choose from various, guided tours along the ancient routes in the area around Sant'Andrea, while sea lovers can go on rubber dinghy excursions and admire the sea bed and ship wrecks with just a mask, snorkel and flippers.