14 - Aug - 2021

Villa dei Mulini

On Elba, you can visit the Napoleonic Villas: Villa dei Mulini, located in Portoferraio’s historic center, and Villa San Martino, about 5 kilometers from the town.

Villa dei Mulini was Napoleon’s main residence on the island and the architect Paolo Bargigli renovated it in order to meet the needs of the French emperor.
He built the party hall, the stables and the garden (where you can admire the statue of Minerva and Galatea). The main rooms are on the ground floor: the hall, the library, the bedroom, the study and the valets’ room. Unfortunately, the original furniture is no longer here; the library, however, features several authentic books that once belonged to Bonaparte.

Villa San Martino

Villa San Martino was Napoleon’s “summer” residence or, rather, his secondary residence. The library, the neoclassical bathroom (for his sister, Paolina), the Love Knot Room and the Egyptian Room, decorated with pyramids and hieroglyphs, are the pre-eminent rooms. Nowadays, you can also enjoy the Demidoff gallery, displaying a collection of Napoleonic relics, engravings, lithographs and etchings, collected by the Russian prince and art collector Anatoli Demidoff, who bought the villa in 1851.

Where to sleep on the Island of Elba

If you wish to explore the villas, I recommend you stay at the Airone hotel, in Portoferraio; from here, you can reach the two Napoleonic Villas with ease!

The Airone hotel provides a plethora of services: restaurant, bar, swimming pool, private beach, entertainment and games for children, tennis courts, soccer fields, beach volleyball courts. Furthermore, at the Hotel Airone you will be able to enjoy the Terme of San Giovanni: a wide range of thermal treatments and personalized beauty treatments.

The Airone hotel is the ideal starting place to discover all the treasures wisely hidden on Elba! The Napoleonic Villas and many other wonders are waiting for you!

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