Elba is Italy’s third largest island, but at only 86 square miles, it’s a distant third after the largest (Sicily) and second largest (Sardinia). It’s best known for the brief year when Napoleon was exiled here for 300 days in 1814. (He then escaped back to France and resumed his role as emperor before being definitively defeated at Waterloo and exiled to Saint Helena in the Atlantic.)
On Azamara’s Balearic Islands and Italy voyage, the Historic Elba and Napoleon House excursion to the Villa San Martino, Napoleon’s summer residence, includes most of the sights on the island as you drive to and from the neoclassical home. After touring the villa, with antiques dating from Napoleon’s time, you’ll continue on to the town of Porto Azzuro, which sits in the shadow of a medieval fortress. You’ll visit the shop-lined harbor and then, on the return to Portoferraio, stop at a scenic viewpoint to take photographs of Elba’s largest city.
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