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The Emperor’s Wood

Portoferraio
The Emperor’s Wood
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The paths Napoleon loved to walk near his home in San Martino

It is said that Napoleon, in order to think about and plan his return from exile in peace and quiet and without spies, liked to walk the paths in the vicinity of his country home of San Martino. We will visit the rooms of his home, 'rustic' but with all the comforts of the time, with frescoes narrating Napoleon's vicissitudes and with an enviable panorama, despite its strategically hidden position, over the port of Portoferraio. From the residence proper, we will then move on to the 'Demidoff Gallery', added later by the prince of the same name in honour of the emperor, where the statue of Galatea will welcome us. From here, we retrace Napoleon's steps to discover a valley that is a treasure trove of one of the largest and most varied state forests on the island of Elba, where for centuries the 'lecceta' has been transformed into charcoal by the skilful work of the local 'charcoal burners'.

Difficulty

Moderate

Type

Suitable for groups

Estimated duration

131 minutes

Distance

7.8 km

Recommended departure

Any

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