The Island of Elba, which is part of the Sistema Museale dell’Arcipelago Toscano (S.M.A.R.T.), has facilities that offer heterogeneous historical-artistic and cultural experiences: parks, museums, archaeological sites, ancient fortresses and mines, which together tell of places inhabited and frequented since ancient times. Places where stories of Etruscans, Romans, and fierce pirates are intertwined with those of illustrious frequenters-from Cosimo de’ Medici to Napoleon to Sandro Pertini.
A small selection as a starting point
Strategic location for the large amount of hematite and limonite immediately identified by the emperor as soon as he landed on the island as a strategic-military axis.
The beach is named after the islet a few meters from the shore, itself named after Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister who, according to a legend (probably created by a tourism entrepreneur in the 1960s) loved to sunbathe on these rocks.
Designated as a summer residence, Napoleon purchased the property from the Manganaro family in 1814, with the intention of transforming it into a comfortable and refined abode that would have nothing to envy from Parisian residences.
Built in 1724 by Grand Duke Gaston de’ Medici, it was Napoleon’s city residence during his first stay on Elba Island.
It was built as a sign of gratitude in 1606 by José Pons y León of the Dukes of Arcos, Spanish governor of Naples and first governor of the square of Longone (part of the state of principals). In September 1814 Napoleon, accompanied by Pons and Bertrand wanted to visit the sanctuary.
While the Elban economy today is based on tourism, the fact remains that the people of San Piero and the west coast (Pomonte) have also lived and continue to live off their granite and marble
Visit the harbor where Maria Walewska landed and the armed watchtower visited by Napoleon himself in 1814