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Beautiful Location to be Exiled to

It is quite the hike to the Summer house, luckily we got a ride most of the way. Built in Tuscan... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Kurt L
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States
If you have to be exiled, pick here!

We have been fascinated by the island of Elba since reading the "Count of Monte Cristo" and it was... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2017
Phoenix, Arizona
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The official residence of Napoleon and his sister Paolina. The palace contains many personal items and other relics of the period.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Piazzale Napoleone 1 | National Museum of Napoleonic Residences, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy
+39 0565 915846
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

Liked the atmosphere, the exhibits and the building itself. The fact that the whole place has a serene air of dusty neglect didn't really help, but the staff present, albeit grumbling about the "lack of maintenance" didn't seem to me to be very keen to...More

2  Thank guorlan
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

First, it took me ages to write this review becouse of the stupid name it is registered on tripadvisor: palazzina dei Mulini! Anybody looking for vila Mulini or vila Napoleon or even Museo Nazionale della Villa dei Mulini would not find any information on tripadvisor!...More

1  Thank Dan Constantin A
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

It is quite the hike to the Summer house, luckily we got a ride most of the way. Built in Tuscan style with formal gardens, it is a cheerful home for an exile. The garden walls overlook the sea with vast vistas.

Thank Kurt L
Reviewed 22 April 2018

Napoleon was detained here in 1814, and joined by his sister Pauline. His rooms are on display with access to the gardens overlooking the sea. When I was there, several townspeople were dressed in period time clothing, which added a nice touch. There are some...More

1  Thank SaveyFLTraveler
Reviewed 1 December 2017

We have been fascinated by the island of Elba since reading the "Count of Monte Cristo" and it was further enhanced by the movie with Jim Caviezel. We just couldn't pass up the opportunity to take the ferry out to Elba when we were so...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Quite a walk to the top of the hill where the Napoleon house is located on the prominent position with the view to the sea and city, but worth it. You walk through the rooms and get the insight of Napoleons life on Elba. The...More

Thank Aleksander Š
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Who knew his exile was so comfortable? A mansion with a view - of the British ship watching him. And they even designed a flag based on the understanding that bees are so important for survival. An interesting history lesson I missed somewhere, some time...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Our cruise provided a guided tour which walked up the steep streets from the pier to the residence located at the top of the citadel area. The street views on the way up are worth lots of pictures both of the flowers as well as...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 24 September 2017

I thought he was exiled in a dungeon! Rather, it was quite beautiful. The views from his rooms looking out to the sea are so stunning. Yes, it's' a series of rooms connected, nothing like Versailles or Hampton Palace, and nothing quite as extravagant, but...More

Thank connois
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

It's just a bunch of old furniture napoleon used to have in his residence. No background information about his exile at Elba. Just some explanations where the furniture has been built. Very disappointing. The price is really high for looking at furniture. Sometimes the information...More

Thank Matthias H
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Napoleon museium houses examples of furnishings and decor of the era. Not sure if they are authentic to his stay there but in beautiful condition and well displayed and the entrance fee of 5 euros each wasn't excessive. The gardens could do with a green...More

Thank M H
Reviewed 18 July 2017

We had a very enjoyable afternoon visit to the residence. A charming walk through Portoferraio old town leads up to the top of the hill where Napoleon stayed on Elba. If this is exile, I want in!!! The house itself and 'museum' is ok. Doesn't...More

1  Thank barbaya
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