Of the Tuscan Archipelago, Isola d’Elba is the largest, and it also happens to be the third largest island in Italy. The island was made famous for having harboured Napoleon, during his exile in 1814.
Its history, however, dates back to the days of the Ilvati tribe from Liguria. The Ilvati named it Ilva Island, before the arrival of the Etruscans, and later the Romans. Apart from it’s rich history, let me explain why Isola d’Elba is worth a visit.
Take a Walk to The Madonna del Monte
Not many people from outside Italy have even heard of the island, which is a good thing in itself as it means that it will continue to remain an intimate place. If strolling along a gorgeous beach is your idea of fun don’t miss a walk to the Madonna del Monte. The views are spectacular, and the walk itself is far from being arduous and tiring as beautiful and stunning scenery surrounds the beaches.
For the romantics, you can also enjoy a concert at the Monastery of Santa Caterina. The acoustics at the concert are spectacular in nature, and the displays happen to be very exciting.
Visit Forte Falcone
Take the ferry to Elba and this is the first place that will grab your attention. Forte Falcone has an imposing and linear structure that appears to welcome visitors to the island. Some of the rooms available at the Forte seem to provide the impression of going back to the times of Cosmopoli which is the city that was imagined by Cosimo de’ Medici.
Visit the Villa Dei Mulini
Napoleon was a very important and instrumental figure for the Isola Elba. Even to this day, the island celebrates and preserves all his major works which include theatres, museums, houses and villas. Villa Dei Mulini is a perfect example as it has been maintained with utmost care and attention. The villa was refurbished and redesigned by the Napoleon.
Napoleon had designed the residence for use by Maria Luisa. It was later used by Pauline, his sister, and continued to remain one of the his favourite places on the Island.