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Sanctuary of Monserrato

Porto Azzurro

Sanctuary of Monserrato

Perched atop an impassable rocky spur, the Sanctuary of Monserrato rises within an enchanted setting, amidst cypresses, agaves and Mediterranean scrub, from which you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the valley below

Need to know

The history of the Sanctuary of Monserrato began in 1606, when the first governor of the Spanish Presidio of Longone, Don Joseph Ponce Y Leon, out of gratitude after a surviving shipwreck had the sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Monserrato built in memory of the one of the same name in Catalonia, to which he was devoted. Recently restored and reopened for worship, the interior houses the painting of the Black Madonna, a copy of the work in the Catalan sanctuary.

Where it is located

Localita' Monserrato, 57036 Porto Azzurro 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