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Villa of San Martino

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Napoleon’s Summer home

If you are expecting a large palace, then you will be disappointed. You have to remember that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John H
Telford, United Kingdom

Come on Elba you can do better than this. Napoleon’s original residence had quite good... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2018
Lyn V
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Napoleon's "country/summer home", only about 5 kilometers from town.
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Off Via Banchi di Sotto | Localita San Martino, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are expecting a large palace, then you will be disappointed. You have to remember that Napoleon was only on the island for a short period of time. As you walk up the long drive from the car park, before you stands an impressive...More

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Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

Come on Elba you can do better than this. Napoleon’s original residence had quite good interpretative signs but the museum next to it was a total disappointment. The museum consisted of only some lithograph prints and the odd painting. There was no interpretative signage about...More

Thank Lyn V
Reviewed September 12, 2018

We took a private tourguides viator tour with Monica Bussotti which took us to this wonderful residence which was Napoleon's main residence which was so interesting and was a bucket list wish to visit Elba where he spent 300 days What a lovely place to...More

Thank John T
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Napoleon lived here only there months but his inprints are everywhere. I loved walking through half-empty Villa and Gardens on the Hill with breath-taking views. Had to Take a Taxi both ways, but it was worth it, as I like „out-of-season” and somewhat forgotten places,...More

Thank biblioterka
Reviewed August 5, 2018

Napoleon Bonaparte stayed on Elba for less than 10 months but, as well as his main residence in the city he also had this smallish summer home, a short drive from Portoferraio. It is well worth the visit, although the gardens could do with a...More

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Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

The villa itself is not very big, but it was quite interesting to learn about Napoleon and his life on Elba. The Demidoff Gallery is very impressing and beautiful and all the surroundings are nice and quiet and chilly area to spend an hour out...More

Thank FrederikAgdrup
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Few kilometers from the city of Portoferraio is the Residence of Napoleon. Nice entrance and beautiful house with the view to the city and sea from the balcony. You walk through the rooms and get the insight of Napoleons life on Elba. Entrance 5€.

Thank Aleksander Š
Reviewed September 29, 2017 via mobile

Napoleon was exiled on the island of elba and his villa in San Martino is a great place to visit. The villa is well preserved and the grounds well looked after. If you are interested in history, this is a place to vist when visiting...More

Thank Rosalie M
Reviewed September 8, 2017

decorated with An impressive building coevred in large eagles and "N"'s, what an ego! Although not furnished with Napoleon's personal effects it does give an idea how he lived there. A nice way to pass an hour.

Thank M H
Reviewed June 24, 2017

We attended an evening function at the Villa recently and overall the ambiance and history of the place was amazing. Quite a stroll to the Villa itself from the Car Park but a spectacular setting. The interior seemed quite bare but the lighting effects were...More

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