The ship has reached the port at Portoferraio on Elba Island, Italy. Our featured excursion was to see the country villa of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled here in 1814. I have written another post about Napoleon’s villa HERE. Bonaparte’s villa called the Villa of San Martino is located in the Arcipelago Toscano National Park. Before you get all the way up the hill to the villa there is a the Park Hotel Napoleon. This 18th-century hotel and it’s outbuildings are on a forested hillside and also has it’s own private beach at La Biodola. To say that the hotel and the villa is remote is an understatement. One would have to know it was here and how to get here. So let’s start up the hill……………..
But, the Park Hotel Napoleon is stately in it’s peachy-pink and yellow striped facade and the surrounding garden area was beautiful…………..
Up at Villa San Martino this huge, huge urn was on display………..
and this fountain was surrounded by the woodlands of the national park.
If you like history please read my other posts about Elba Island. Although the floral areas were very limited, the doing’s of Napoleon on Elba Island were not!
The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday! So, it’s six photos . Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week in another spot!
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Enjoying your postcards from the gardens of Europe. Hope you are recovering well from your op.
Why couldn’t Napoleon have been content to lay aside his ambitions of conquering the world and just stay here? Wouldn’t he have been happier? Well, with his temperament, probably not.