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NAPOLEONE AND ELBA ISLAND - THE STORY

The isle of Elba is well noted in Italy and the world over for it's natural beauty, and its richness of mineral ores found beneath the surface, Its notoriety is also bound to a name: Napoleon Bonaparte. Elba represented a place of brief exile for Napoleon where he reigned as Emperor for less than a year between 1814 and 1815 before escaping.


From there he went on to fight the battle of Waterloo and after defeat was further exiled to the British island of St. Helena in the middle of the Atlantic.
Elba was suddenly found at the center of worldwide attention in April 1814 when with the Treaty of Fontainebleau Napoleon was exiled to the small island and given the title of Emperor and rule over the small land. Receiving sovereignty over the island Napoleon conducted himself in a way that suggests he intended to live out his days as ruler.

This is supported by the detail in which he decorated his residences, the efficiency of his army and the strict protocol he imposed on the court.
All over Elba there are signs that attest to the frenetic activity that governed his ten-month course as ruler of his Elban empire”. Amongst these we can document the mining activity, the projected steel plant, the organization of new hospital structures or improvement of older ones, care and selection over the vineyards, and the introduction of unusual horticulture such as olives and potatoes, all of which improved livability.

But it is at Portoferraio where the best conserved and concrete testimony to Napoleon's presence on Elba is visible. (May 3, 1814 – February 26,1815)

Hotel Il Magnifico Elba Island V.le Principe Amedeo, 94, 57033 Marciana Marina Tel +39 0565 90 44 25 info@ilmagnificodeluxeresort.com
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