Napoleon’s landing on Elba Island: this is the historical re-enactment

  • Published: 2 May 2016
  • Category: Events

Napoleon’s landing re-enactment 2016

The first French Emperor landed on Elba Island on May 4, 1814. He stayed there less than a year, until February 27, 1815. Almost a year to profoundly change the island’s history. And, in his honour, the historical re-enactment of Napoleon’s landing on Elba Island will take place on June 3, 4 and 5, 2016.


The re-enactment

The Petite Armée Isola d’Elba will organize all the events. One of the most important is, of course, the re-enactment of the landing near Portoferraio: period costumes, soldiers that await the first French Emperor, concerts, tastings. A real plunge into the past.



The first French Emperor left several traces during its exile on Elba Island.

  • The so-called Villa dei Mulini was his home in Portoferraio.
  • Villa San Martino, in the homonymous village near Portoferraio, was his summer residence.
  • Isola Paolina (a small island) with its beach, between capo Enfola and the promontory of Guardiola, has the name of the French emperor’s sister, Pauline Bonaparte.
  • There is a rock rising from the sea where Napoleon sat and looked at his homeland, Corsica: this rock, located near punta Polveraia lighthouse, is known as sedia di Napoleone (“Napoleon’s chair”).


Where to stay

As already said, several events will take place during the three days of the re-enactment in various towns of the island. We suggest you to stay in Portoferraio, the main town of Elba, from which you can easily reach every part of the island.


Further information

For further information about Napoleon’s landing re-enactment 2016 on Elba Island (complete program, locations and towns), you can visit Petite Armée Isola d’Elba official fan page.


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