From the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's death to the mountain bike world championships, 2021 on Elba Island will be unforgettable

From the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death to the mountain bike world championships, 2021 on Elba Island will be unforgettable

Operators are working to build a schedule full of events And initiatives to reconfirm a successful tourist season on the island

The island of Elba, the large "capital" island of the Tuscan Archipelago, after a busy 2020 that, despite the difficulties, saw it at the top of the charts of Italians' preferences, turns its gaze to the next 12 months and the two major events that will enliven the island's schedule.

In fact, 2021 will be a year in the spotlight for Elba, which will be the protagonist of the bicentennial of Napoleon Bonaparte and will host, in addition to numerous initiatives dedicated to all outdoor activities, the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships. Two iconic moments that will make it possible to engage and attract diverse visitors, expanding the already large audience that chooses the wild island of Elba as a vacation destination.

"For the bicentennial of Napoleon's death, the goal is to create a Napoleonic week that will become a recurring annual event, capable of offering those who wish it a vacation that is also rich in history and culture, with a view to edutainment. We are already in contact with important associations such as The European Federation of Napoleonic Cities and Route Napoleon are also organizing this important anniversary with us," said Niccolò Censi, Coordinator Tourism Associate Management of the Island of Elba. "The year 2021 will also be a year dedicated to sports: on October 2 the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships will be held in Elba, but the island already in May and then again in October will celebrate two wheels and outdoor sports with the Elba Sport Fest, an event where all guests, amateurs and not, can try their hand at training followed by personal trainers, in introductory courses for adults and children, discover the secrets of great champions in an informal way perhaps over a glass of wine."

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Mines of Rio Marina

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.
Location: Rio Marina

Paolina Beach

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.

Location: Marciana

San Martino Villa

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.

Location: Località San Martino (Portoferraio)

Mulini Villa

Built in 1724 by Grand Duke Gaston de’ Medici, it was Napoleon’s city residence during his first stay on Elba Island.

Location: Portoferraio

Sanctuary of Monserrato

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.

Location: Località Monserrato (Portoazzurro)

MUM Mineralogical Museum

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

Location: San Piero in Campo

Port and Tower of Marciana Marina

Visit the harbor where Maria Walewska landed and the armed watchtower visited by Napoleon himself in 1814

Location: Marciana Marina