The richness of Elba

Elba is rich in memories of its glorious past: from archaeological finds and military constructions, to the Napoleonic mansions and the many discoveries, either in the sea or along the coasts, of the ships carrying the Elban wine to the most important ports of the Mediterranean area. The island offers then interesting subjects to be studied, not only for archaeologists and historians, but also for all those who love prying into the vestiges of the past.

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Napoleonic Museum of Villa dei Mulini

The Villa dei Mulini, official residence on the island of Elba of Napoleon and his sister Paolina, contains still numerous recordings (furniture, paintings, objects, etc.) and is situated in a wonderful panoramic position between two fortresses: the Stella and the Falcone fortress. Opening hours: Open all year round. Closed on Thuesdays. Week days: 08.30-19.00 Week ends: […]

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Napoleonic Museum of Villa di San Martino

Napoleon baught the little house in the San Martino valley with the money his sister Paolina lended him. His projects were to transform it in his summer residence, but in reality he lived there only once in a while. He preferred going there during the fresher hours of the day in company of some Lady […]

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The Vigilanti Theater

This small masterpiece right in the centre of Portoferraio is just one of the many traces of Napoleon’s short stay in Elba. Built in the XIX century, in what had previously been a deconsecrated church dedicated to Our Lady of Carmine (XVII century), it has three tiers of boxes, a chapel bearing the same name […]

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The Medicean Fortress

The entrance to the Fortress is at the end of Via Guerrazzi, a street better known as “Porta a Terra” because it leads to the second entrance of this Medicean town. A walk along the “Fronte d’Attacco” (Front of Attack), the truly majestic architectural building that closes off the ancient town of Cosmopoli, Cosimo’s home […]

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Museum of the Misericordia

The museum houses the bronze funeral mask and the cast of one of Napoleon’s hands found when he died at Saint Helen as well as some recordings of his stay on Elba.

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Archaeological Museum Della Linguella

The Archeological and Civic Museum, small but very interesting, exposes archeological findings from sea and land, found on the stranded roman ships around Elba. Elba was since anciant times on the crossroads of the commercial sea traffic. Aready since the antiquity the presence of iron on the island was of great importance for the etruscan, […]

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Roman Villa delle Grotte

During the roman period the Gulf of Portoferraio contained two villas, used by rich romans for their vacation. The remainder of the second villa can be visited beside the “Torre del Martello”, just behind the Archaeological Museum of Portoferraio. The “Villa delle Grotte” was built during the 1st. century b.C and already abandoned during the […]

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Pinacoteca Foresiana

The Museum “Pinacoteca Foresiana” is located in the old “Da Laugier” barracks and displays some of the most relevant art pieces of the Mario Foresi collection: paintings and prints of various authors and schools. For the art lover a visit not to be missed. The Pinacoteca Foresiana exposes the magnificent works of known artists like […]

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Open Air Museum Italo Bolano

Created by Italo Bolano in 1964, the open-air museum is situated in the heart of the island, in the Etruscan and Napoleonic valley of San Martino. There are 24 monuments by the Elban artist: totems that blend perfectly with the ten-thousand square meters of typical Mediterranean plants. In the same area is also a gallery […]

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Mineral Museum of Rio Marina

The park offers a great deal of enticing ways to discover the “land of iron”: trails on foot or by mountain bike in the silent Valle dei Mulini; a trail in the Ginevro underground gallery in Capoliveri, dug into the rocks and without any wood supports; excursions to the open-cast quarries in Rio Marina and […]

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