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Museo Villa Napoleonica di San Martino

Napoleon personally supervised the transformation of what had been a large farmhouse in the hills 5km southwest of Portoferraio into an elegant villa where he could escape the summer heat. Romanticism and hubris bot…
Museum in Portoferraio

Museo Nazionale della Residenze Napoleoniche

Villa dei Mulini was home to Napoleon during his stint in exile on this small isle. With its Empire-style furnishings, splendid library, fig-tree-studded Italianate gardens and unbeatable sea view, the emperor didn'…
Tuscan in Portoferraio

Osteria Libertaria

Fish drives the menu of this traditional osteria – no wonder, as the boats that land it are moored right outside. Traditional dishes such as fried calamari or tonno in crosta di pistacchi (pistachio-encrusted tuna f…
Pizza in Portoferraio

Il Castagnacciao

They work the pizza chef so hard here the dining room sometimes has a smoky tinge. To go local, start with a lip-smacking plate of torta di ceci (chickpea 'pizza'), then watch your rectangular, thin-crust supper go …
Archaeological Site in Portoferraio

Villa de Romana delle Grotte

Wander through the ruins of this 1st-century-BC Roman villa overlooking the sea at Punta delle Grotte and you will be able to evoke the privileged lifestyle of its original owners, the noble Valerii family. Foundati…
Trattoria in Portoferraio

Trattoria e Pizzeria Da Zucchetta

The setting is homely rather than smart (a couple of TVs show the nightly news), but the seafood here is top-notch. The gnocchi or pappardelle are packed with crustaceans and fishy flavour, while the garlicky catch …
Seafood in Portoferraio

Bitta 20

A Portoferraio favourite, this harbourside eatery has a long terrace overlooking a string of bobbing yachts. White napery and efficient service combine with fresh fish and seafood to make it a good choice for lunch …
Archaeological Site in Portoferraio

Area Museale della Linguelle

The 16th-century Torre del Martello was where Napoleon was 'imprisoned' at the start of his fleeting exile on Elba in 1814 and the russet-red, hexagonal tower remained a prison until 1877. It and the archaeological …
Fort in Portoferraio

Forte Stella

The salmon-pink Star Fort, so called due to its shape, is one of Portoferraio's defining twinset of hilltop forts. It was commissioned by Cosimo l de' Medici and completed in 1548.
Church in Portoferraio

Chiesa della Misericordia

The dimly lit, 17th-century Chiesa della Misericordia is home to Napoleon's death mask.