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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 2 weeks 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 18 September 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
+39 0565 914688
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

It's a nice walk from the parking area to the Villa of San Martino. The entrance fee is €5,- for adults. The villa and fresco's have been renovated and completed with the original furniture. The furniture was lost when the villa was neglected for a...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 September 2013

We were very disappointed with the villa Napoleon on Elba and the island itself, a bit if a cheek asking for an admission fee really. We had visions of Elba as a special place until we visited. Getting there by public transport is challenging. The...More

3  Thank 186Steve
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Reviewed 2 weeks 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

Thank John H
Reviewed 18 September 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 13 September 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 20 August 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 5 August 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

Thank SusanP196
Reviewed 29 July 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 9 November 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 29 September 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 8 September 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 24 June 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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