Dedicated to the bicentenary of Napoleon's death

Events for the Napoleonic Bicentennial

Dedicated to the bicentenary of Napoleon's death

Events for the Napoleonic Bicentennial in Portoferraio


30 June – Inauguration of the exhibition “Nel segno di Napoleone.

Gli Uffizi Diffusi all’Isola d’Elba” (In the name of Napoleon. Uffizi Gallery exhibits on Elba) at the Foresiana Art Gallery in the De Laugier Cultural Centre.

From mid-June, photographic tour "The Emperor's Island" along the Salita Napoleone and the square in front of the Palazzina dei Mulini.

“Paolina- la regina dei fronzoli” (Paulina - the queen of frills)

Animated tours of the old town of Portoferraio with theatrical account of life in Napoleon's times

The tours start at 10 PM and last approximately 90 mins.

The characters leave from the external square of the Palazzina dei Mulini, involving visitors and accompanying them through the town recounting anecdotes and curiosities.

June: Friday 18 and Friday 25

July: Friday 16 and Friday 23

August: Friday 13 and Friday 27

September: Friday 03 and Friday 10

During the international documentary review “Visioni con l’autore” (Visions with the author) in August at the Linguella Theatre Arena, there will be a screening of the docufiction “L’esilio dell’Aquila” (The exile of the Eagle) by Stefano Muti.

During the summer in the Cloister of the De Laugier Cultural Centre there will be

Meetings with authors from Elba and elsewhere to discuss Napoleon.


NAPOLEON 2021 - A Journey through Time

In the footsteps of the Emperor


Two historical-environmental itineraries with guided excursions to Napoleonic haunts from May to October:

  • from Marciana, to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monte and Serraventosa with a view of Corsica;
  • from Marciana, to the Sanctuary of San Cerbone and the Fonte di Napoleone in Poggio where Napoleon would go to drink the spring water, which he considered beneficial.

Story telling at Casetta Drouot, Poggio, from May



  • The work of Luigi Ontani at the Archaeological Museum of Marciana. From mid-June.
  • Napoleon through the images of Nano Campeggi - From Procchio to Pomonte, the itinerary that reproduces the characters dear to the Emperor in the symbolic places of his exile. From mid-June.
  • The Emperor's tapestries - Exhibition of Napoleonic-themed tapestries using tent-stitch by Caterina Cavina in Marciana. From mid-June.


  • Three moments of Napoleonic history in Marciana with street theatre offering a journey back in time through the streets of the village. From June to September.
  • Theatrical show by the Compagnia dei Tappezzieri in Procchio on 16 July.
  • "L’esilio dell’aquila" (The Exile of the Eagle) - Documentary by Elba director Stefano Muti, in Marciana and Pomonte, in July and August.


  • Gloria Peria - Wine making in Napoleon's time, 12 July.
  • Isabella Zolfino - The reforms to public hygiene brought to Elba by Napoleon, 2 July.
  • Gemma Messori - Destiny was stronger than me. Napoleon Bonaparte - anxiety, passion, victories and defeats, 9 July.


From 22 to 29 August appointment in Procchio for the events of “Procchio Napoleonica”, including the traditional Historical Parade, the reconstruction of a nineteenth-century French military camp, the gala dinner with re-enactment and nineteenth-century menus, and numerous other cultural and entertainment initiatives.



The Emperor's baker

11 animated trails in Marciana Marina. Napoleonic parody reliving small episodes in the great history

Curated by Giuliano Soldi and Tatiana Segnini

23 June, 30 June, 7 July, 14 July, 21 July, 28 July, 4 August, 18 August, 25 August, 1 September

5 June

Inauguration of the documentary exhibition, "Napoleonic Echoes in Marciana Marina"

19 June

Installation of photographic and artistic works in the town, inauguration of the “tour with a visit” with Umberto Mazzantini


Meetings and events with authors, historians, artists, in the name of Napoleon

7 June: Marisa Sardi and Maria Gisella Catuogno : Napoleon's women on Elba

21 June: Presentation of the publication: Andrè Pons: Ricordi e aneddoti dell’Isola d’Elba - Memories and anecdotes of the Island of Elba - (1814-1815)

5 July: Federica Nardo, Mare, Ianieri Edizioni 2019. (Napoleonic novel)

19 July: Gloria Peria, Leonello Balestrini: Napoleon, botanist and archaeologist

2 August FILM NAPOLEON by Abel Gance with musical accompaniment by Visibelli *

16 August: BRIZZI: THE GREAT CONDOTTIERI: Alexander the Great, Caesar and Napoleon

30 August: MANRICO MURZI The Napoleonic Table, a work of art and ingenuity.

6 September: FRENCH INFLUENCE ON ELBA'S CUISINE with Alvaro Claudi and Michele Nardi

* Date TBA



Sunday 1 October Grape Festival

The Grape Festival is celebrated every first Sunday in October. Dedicated to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and the grape harvest, promoted by the "Giuseppe Verdi" cultural association, in collaboration with the Town Council, it is the most popular festival on the island and this year it will be all about the Emperor.

The four districts of the town, Baluardo, Fortezza, Fosso and Torre, challenge each other in historical settings that reproduce life as it was in the local rural communities. The winner keeps the trophy, the statue of Bacchus, for the whole year until the next festival.

There are plenty of other awards: the "La Brocca della Vantina" Award is given to the district that presents the best typical Elba dish dedicated to the harvest and relevant to the chosen setting. The decision of the jury of renowned experts is final. The “Continuity” award is given in recognition of the district that continues to entertain even after passing through the streets where there are members of the jury.

In the afternoon, a grand parade of the districts in Piazza Matteotti, then the opening of the stands to the public, unmissable buffets of local specialities, tastings for all and final announcement of the winner of the competition. But the partying continues well into the night. A very popular event dedicated to wine and good humour.



Animated tours of the village. Island of Pianosa Lucky… but not too lucky! Napoleon's baker on Pianosa.

Animated tour of the town set in 1821, the year of Napoleon's death. A real-life character of the time will accompany the participants (the future settlers of the island) to visit the town that does not exist and is waiting to be re-inhabited. The history and curiosities of the time will be told with irony and light-heartedness. Duration: 1 hour 30'- € 12 (including admission to the catacombs), € 8 (5-12 years), 0-4 years free

13 and 27 June: 3 PM 2 July: Sunrise and Sunset. 9 July: Sunrise and Sunset. 11 and 25 July: - 3 PM 8 and 22 August: 3 PM Saturday, 11 September

Wednesday, 1 September

Island of Elba. Napoleonic trekking on the bicentenary of Napoleon's death

Walk to Madonna del Monte, where the Emperor met Countess Maria Waleska and their son Alexander, albeit for only 52 hours. During the trek, the happy moments of the meeting, which took place under the shade of chestnut trees in front of the Sanctuary of Madonna del Monte, will be retraced. Along the way, we will meet costumed characters who will relive this historical moment. In collaboration with the Compagnia dei Tappezzieri.

Meeting-place: 5 PM Marciana, Casa del Parco (Park House) -

Duration: 3 hours. Degree of difficulty: Medium-easy. Excursion by reservation, € 20, concessions-discounts € 10 (5-12 years), 0-4 years free.



From 26 August to 12 September

Elba Isola Musicale d’Europa

Napoleon was a great admirer of Haydn and it is widely known that during the occupation of Vienna by his troops in May 1809, Napoleon placed a guard of honour in front of the house of the dying composer as a sign of respect.

Less well-known is that the first complete edition of Haydn's String Quartets was dedicated to Napoleon and that this "Édition Bonaparte", published in France in 1801 by Pleyel (who was a pupil of the great composer) bore the inscription "au Premier Consul Bonaparte".

Inspired by this link, the 25th ELBA ISOLA MUSICALE D'EUROPA Festival has chosen to commemorate Napoleon on the bicentenary of his death with three concerts with performances of some of Haydn's most beautiful string quartets and set in one of Napoleon's haunts on the Island of Elba.

Two events are scheduled in the Napoleonic residences that now house the National Museum: the Palazzina dei Mulini, also known as "Villa dei Mulini", and the Villa di San Martino, both in Portoferraio. Already confirmed is the date of 10 September, when Haydn's music will resound near the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monte, at the foot of Monte Giove, near Marciana, famous for having welcomed Napoleon Bonaparte and his mistress Maria Walewska in 1814.


World champion chocolate by Paola Francesca Bertani

Chocolate, as we know it today, did not exist in the Napoleon's time.

However, thanks to the historical research of the Chef, Alvaro Claudi, it has been possible to trace how, at that time, cocoa mass was mixed with fruit, honey and almond compotes.

Following the evidence, I have interpreted the taste of Napoleonic chocolate, and reworked it in a more modern guise.

This is how the two PFB Napoleonic chocolate pralines were born.

IL MARENGO DI NAPOLEONE (Napoleon's Marengo)

This chocolate takes its name from the twenty-franc gold coin minted by Napoleon after the victory of Marengo on 14 June 1800.

The base is a cream of Gianduia (soft hazelnut chocolate typical of Piedmont), which came about precisely through the fault of, or thanks to, Napoleon who, by decreeing the Continental Block in 1806, prohibited trade between countries subject to the French government and British ships.

Piedmont saw its cocoa stocks cut and, in order to continue producing, Caffarel-Prochet replaced a part of the precious and scarce cocoa with the Langhe hazelnut that abounded in the area.

This first layer of gianduia cream is combined with a second layer of almond ganache with candied oranges in Elba Aleatico. The praline has a pure gold leaf decoration.

IL BACIO DI WALEWSKA (Walewska's Kiss)

During his exile, three women accompanied Napoleon to Elba, his mother Letizia, his sister Paolina and his mistress, Countess Maria Walewska.

I decided to dedicate my second chocolate to Countess Walewska because she showed true love for Napoleon and, while everyone in Europe disowned him, she had given herself and all her love to him selflessly at 19, and by the time she was 26 had demonstrated her affection as a trusted friend.

I chose the shape of a modern "Bacio" inside which there is a very sweet compote of figs and almonds and a ganache with cocoa mass and Elba honey.

The decoration is inspired by the colours of Elba's flag, red and white with three golden bees.


From Wednesday 5 May, Acqua dell’Elba will re-propose the edition of the Napoleone and Paolina perfumes, originally created in a limited edition for the bicentenary of the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte on the Island of Elba in 2014.


Napoleone Bonaparte Eau de Parfum (100 ml) is a fresh, aromatic and woody marine accord created with notes of lemon, cedar, myrtle and rosemary; seaweed, lavender and juniper; cypress wood, mastic and oak moss.


Eau de Parfum Paolina Bonaparte (100 ml), is a feminine fresh citrus-floral woody accord, created with the notes of lemon, bitter orange, mint, basil, sea lily, juniper, geranium, cedar wood and arbutus.

For the occasion, Acqua dell’Elba will be selling the two perfumes on its online store and in its own stores.


The Emperor's Woods - San Martino

Degree of difficulty: Easy

Interesting aspects of: History, nature

It is said that in order to plan his return from exile, Napoleon loved to walk the paths near his country house in San Martino, enjoying the peace and absence of spies.

We'll visit the rooms of his "rustic" home, but with all the comforts of the time, its frescoes narrating the Napoleonic vicissitudes and enviable view, despite a strategically hidden position, over the port of Portoferraio.

From the actual residence, we'll then go to the "Demidoff Gallery", added later at the behest of its namesake in honour of the Emperor, where the statue of Galatea will welcome us.

From here we'll retrace Napoleon's footsteps to discover a valley that contains one of the largest and most varied state-owned forests on the island of Elba and where for centuries the "holm oak" has been transformed into charcoal by the skilled workmanship of the local "charcoal burners".

Napoleon on holiday - Marciana

Degree of difficulty: Easy

Interesting aspects of: History, geology, nature

We'll continue to the sanctuary of the "Madonna del Monte", the most significant mountain sanctuary on the island, and hermitage that hosted Napoleon in exile during the summer and where, in the peace of the chestnut wood and mountain solitude, the meeting between the emperor and his Polish mistress took place.

An itinerary on the north-western side of Mount Capanne to discover the chestnut grove and its importance in the rural economy of the area. Following the path, we'll be able to observe the particular forms of erosion that, over the millennia, have shaped the granite into unmistakable shapes such as the "Eagle Boulder", the "Boulder Man" and the "Moor's Head".

After stopping for water from the cool spring in the exedra at the sanctuary, the route will continue, with the possibility of spotting mouflons and birds of prey in flight, towards the panoramic terrace of "Serraventosa", with wonderful views towards Corsica, and from here back to base.

No "foreigner" shall rule Capoliveri

Degree of difficulty: Easy

Interesting aspects of: History, geology, nature

"Capoliveri makes war on me .. a nest of crows wants to resist the imperial eagle", this, according to popular tradition, was the view of Napoleon when he faced of the only town to revolt against his "forced" domination on the island of 'Elba. Following the legendary tale of "Vantina", the girl who saved the town from Napoleon's ire, we'll discover the "chiassi", the characteristic alleys in the heart of this old mining village.

We’ll continue with a walk on Mount Calamita, in what is the sanctuary of the orchids of the island of Elba, through shady pine forests and fragrant Mediterranean maquis, characterised by the blooms of "Rock rose", "Broom" and "Lavender".

Scanning from the Tuscan coast to the town of Porto Azzurro, we'll come to the views of Ponente and Golfo Stella, the majestic Monte Capanne and a postcard view of the town of Capoliveri, where we'll return at the end of the excursion.

The deportee's treasure - Rio Marina

Degree of difficulty: Easy

Interesting aspects of: History, geology, nature

The main source of financing for the "Napoleonic principality" of Elba was hidden underground: for centuries the ferrous deposits of the eastern part of the island had made the fortune of those who had the opportunity to exploit them, from the earliest days of the Etruscans, passing through the domination by Pisa, up to the Emperor, who was the first to have an industrial processing plant designed for the mineral directly on the island.

Haematite, pyrite, limonite, are just some of the names of the numerous minerals that make up the geological variety of the mining sites on the Rio side that we'll discover in the mineralogical museum of the "Elba Mining Park".

Then, equipped with hammers and pick axes, like real miners, we'll go in search of the brilliant hidden treasures of the subsoil and their very particular and unique crystal forms.



By bike with Napoleon “The Emperor's Woods”, Valle di San Martino

Degree of difficulty: Medium

Distance: 9 km

If Napoleon had had a mountain bike, he would probably have explored the valley behind his residence with this vehicle instead of on foot!

The route starts from the access road to the country residence of Villa of San Martino, next to the Napoleonic souvenir shops, enters the valley and continues up through one of the most luxuriant state-owned forests on the island. Initially a dirt road, the route becomes more technical, with an uphill single track leading up to the ridge, where you join the old military road "Colle Reciso - San Martino". From the ridge, moving a few meters from the road, there are panoramic views of the south side and the Gulf of Lacona.

Continuing along the dirt road, the more experienced and fit can climb up the steep ascent of the peaks of the Barbatoja and San Martino mountains, otherwise, following the main road network, you'll reach the junction of "Buca di Bomba", where the "extreme" diversion converges.

Turning north and entering the pine forest, you begin the way back, and, with a fairly challenging descent, arrive back at the starting point.

By bike with Napoleon “The Emperor's hermitage” Poggio - Marciana- Pomonte

Degree of difficulty: Difficult

Starting from the small village of Poggio, the route begins by climbing a wide forest track that will take us through the chestnut groves of the north side of the island.

Crossing the woods, we'll discover the first sanctuary of the route, the hermitage of San Cerbone and, from there, to look for "the saint's cave", probable refuge of Bishop Cerbone during the years of the Lombard persecutions.

The road continues, easy-going and flat, across the shady valley of "Pedalta", with panoramic views of the north coast of the island of Elba and the Tuscan coast, interspersed with lush pine forests, accompanying us to the path that climbs towards the second sanctuary, that of the Madonna del Monte. Here, the path begins to be more challenging, with road surface in granite blocks. Following the small chapels along the Via Crucis that lead up to the church, we'll make our acquaintance with the haunts where Napoleon found peace, tranquillity and ... his trysting place during his exile.