Art, History, Fortresses

Fort Falcone and Medicean Fortresses


Fort Falcone and Medicean Fortresses

A 16th-century military stronghold with one of the most evocative views of the sea on the whole island of Elba

Need to know

A pivotal building in the complex defensive structure commissioned by Cosimo de Medici, it still retains intact all its military vocation. Today it is a museum displaying a variety of collections. Cosmopoli, Portoferraio's ancient name in memory of its founder, finds in this place the essence of its many stories: a heterogeneous Cosmos, full of unexpected surprises and the ideal starting point from which to discover the city's fascinating history.

Do not miss

View of the Stella and Falcone Fortress on the Island of Elba, painted by Giuseppe Maria Terreni, 18th century.

Where it is located

Via del Falcone, 7-9, 57037 Portoferraio LI


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