Travel and Culture in Tuscany

The island of Elba: art

The short period in which Napoleon lived on the island was characterized by the building of palaces, roads and even of a theatre, all under the effigy and the style of Napoleon, of course.


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The centre of Portoferraio was built in the period of the Medici domination and it is a real jewel of the military town planning.


From the archeological point of view, tourists can follow several routes: from the Roman villas of the first century to the paths traced by the old shepherds in the Neolithic period.

There are also numerous Pisan churches of the 11th century on the island, San Giovanni in Campo Tower, the medieval castles (as Volterraio mansion) and Marciana ‘fortress’.

Otherwise, the centre of Portoferraio was built in the period of the Medici domination and it is a real jewel of the military town planning.

We suggest you to visit Porto Azzurro, too, the social salon of the island, with the imposing Forte San Giacomo, built by the Spaniards in 1600 and the nearby Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monserrato.

The short period in which Napoleon lived on the island was characterized by the building of palaces, roads and even of a theatre, all under the effigy and the style of Napoleon, of course.

We suggest you to visit Porto Azzurro, too, the social salon of the island, with the imposing Forte San Giacomo, built by the Spaniards in 1600 and the nearby Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monserrato.

Another interesting visit is that to the Piccola Miniera (the small mine), which is a rebuilding by Giacomelli, a local ex miner. It is situated along the road to Rio Marina and it has got a train, trolleys and all the mining equipment.





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