As proper schoolgirls we did set aside some time on Monday to visit Napolean’s houses before heading back to Siena.
He had a summer estate which was unfortunately closed as it was a Monday (worldwide museums are often closed on Mondays) but we did get to have a small look-see around the outside. Then there is a second house in Portoferraio where he spent most of his time and was fortunately open.
The town of Portoferraio is not all that nice as it has become a typical port town and the house wasn’t all that special, really, but we couldn’t visit Elba without seeing it and we did learn some interesting facts about the Emperor.
Included in the photos is a funny little old nonna (grandmother) who had set up a little shop at the end of the road leading up to Naploean’s summer home. She was a hoot! That’s Mick Jagger on the posterboard, visiting her shop! Also a few of Portoferraio streets.
Following the Treaty of Fontainbleau, France emperor Napolean I was exiled to Elba after his forced abdication in 1814 and arrived at Portoferraio on May 3, 1814 to begin his exile there. He was allowed to keep a personal guard of six hundred men. Although he was nominally sovereign of Elba, the island was patrolled by the British Navy.
Included in the photos is a funny little old nonna (grandmother) who had set up a little shop at the end of the road leading up to Naploean’s summer home. She was a hoot!
During the months Napoleon stayed on the island, he carried out a series of economic and social reforms to improve the quality of life, partly to pass the time and partly out of a genuine concern for the well-being of the islanders. Napoleon stayed on Elba for 300 days. He returned to France on February 26, 1815 for the Hundred Days. After his defeat at Waterloo he was subsequently exiled again, this time to the barren and isolated South Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Napoleon’s stay on Elba is the basis for the famous English language Palindrome “Able was I ere I saw Elba.” Internationally, Elba is best known for its connection to Napoleon.