Portoferraio, Elba, Italy Luxury Voyages

Portoferraio, Elba, Italy Luxury Voyages

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Cruise to a Mediterranean island of Napoleonic treasures

Napoleon was once exiled to the island of Elba along with an escort of 1,000 men, household staff, and the insulting title of Emperor of Elba. What a horrible punishment, right?

But thanks to Napoleon’s little time-out here, the island enjoyed a golden age in the 1800s, when it was recognized as a prime location for the iron mills that brought prosperity to the area. You can learn all about the island’s history at the Archaeological Civic Museum. (And you can even embark on a Land Discoveries® tour of Elba that stops at Villa San Martino, the very residence where Napoleon spent his 10 miserable months of exile.)

Climb to the top of Medici Fortress, which was built in 1474, and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the sea and the town below. Or take an open cable car to the peak of Mount Capanne for even more breathtaking views of the entire island, the Tuscan Archipelago, and the Mediterranean Sea. You can also enjoy performances in Vigilanti Theatre, an ancient church converted into a theatre by Napoleon’s sister Paolina Bonaparte.

One thing is for sure: When you arrive in Portoferraio, you won’t understand why Napoleon ever wanted to leave.

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MEDICI FORTRESS

MEDICI FORTRESS

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MEDICI FORTRESS

MEDICI FORTRESS

The fortress takes the form of a series of bastions and keeps, each one contained within the next, and each a little higher than the last. As you explore, you are climbing from one fortified plateau to another, for an incredible view of the town and sea.

MARCIANA AND MOUNT CAPANNE

MARCIANA AND MOUNT CAPANNE

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MARCIANA AND MOUNT CAPANNE

MARCIANA AND MOUNT CAPANNE

Explore the small and historical town of Marciana (also Elba's highest town) before taking an open cable car up to the summit of Mount Capanne, for overwhelming views of the entire island, the Tuscan Archipelago, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Historic Elba & Napoleon Houses

Historic Elba & Napoleon Houses

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Historic Elba & Napoleon Houses

Historic Elba & Napoleon Houses

This tour affords a view of virtually the entire island. The landscapes are a breathtaking succession of sea views and Mediterranean vegetation. Leaving Portoferraio, the tour stops at "Villa San Martino," the former residence of the exiled Emperor Napoleon. Afterwards, proceed to Porto Azzurro, and the city of Portoferraio.

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