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Address: Off Via Banchi di Sotto | Localita San Martino, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy
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+39 0565 914688

Napoleon's "country/summer home", only about 5 kilometers from...

Napoleon's "country/summer home", only about 5 kilometers from town.

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Historic home needs some cleaning up and some signage. It's a long walk from the car park to the house and a climb once u get there.

Reviewed 27 September 2016
Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Place is beautiful but visit is not so special as you may think Furniture are not from Napoleone premises even if original

Thank GiancarloAP
Surprise, AZ
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417 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We had a guide with us from Tauck, who told us about the house and about Napoleon's "stay" here. If you go on your own, I don't think you will learn much. The house is surprisingly small and simple; painted with pastels and flowery patterns, it seems very feminine. Except for Napoleon's bedroom, which is heavy with eagles and bronze... More 

1 Thank lotsagoldens
Saint Louis, Missouri
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642 reviews
262 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Historic home needs some cleaning up and some signage. It's a long walk from the car park to the house and a climb once u get there.

1 Thank Bobby44881
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

One would expect more. Hardly any background information about Napoleon on Elba. Rooms hardly with any furniture. When walking around, one cannot stop wondering " what am I suppose to see here". Don't do it with kids, they'll be bored in no time.

1 Thank HarryDS
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68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

First impression: very few and insignificant road signs to this attraction. Thank God, somebody invented Google Maps! About 700 meters from the gps coordinates, there is an improvised road block and you understand that the parking on the left side of the road may have something to do with Napoleon Vila. From parking, first you get through an area of... More 

2 Thank Decebal
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 long time, but they managed to get it back on antique markets. Don't forget to... More 

1 Thank bobvos66
Antwerp, Belgium
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Good to have been there and seen the villa, but nothing overwhelming. I would have expected a little more explanations - in English - on Napoleon and his stay on Elba.

1 Thank GeertVromman
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Impressive residence, albeit quite sparse. There are 2 floors with the upper floor being visited by a winding path up hill and some stairs from the terrace. The path up to the house is a 10 minute walk from where the coach parked and the sight of the house which greets you through the iron gates, topped with eagles on... More 

1 Thank Fae M
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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975 reviews
456 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

There were some very beautiful pieces of furniture which were examples of furniture from that period when Napoleon lived in the house and a few nice pieces of art on the wall. The garden and the view was nice, but there was very little written information about Napoleon in the museum.

Thank Ingeborg56
Windsor, United Kingdom
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287 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Te house is lovely but they could keep it better. There is not much inside (quite empty) but the story and the gardens and the incredible view make up for that. We were the only visitors so it all seemed quite personal. Easy to imagine living there. I am glad we visited even though it was all a bit tired... More 

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