Nelson is reported to call Portoferraio "the best small harbor" and it is very protected, with very good holding. However, he did not have to put up with the constant ferry wake from dawn to after dusk and, when the wind was from the N their exhaust fumes. We spent as much time as possible ashore.
Fortunately there is much to see. Remains of Roman Villas. Fortifications built by Cosmo Medici (Cosmopolitan is derived from his name). Two small palaces occupied by Napoleon Bonaparte, while he was exiled here (one he designed and supervised the construction).
The main Roman Villa overlooks the harbor, but not much is left of the structure.
Cosmo Medici wanted to add a maritime empire to his family's considerable holdings. The dream did not expand much beyond Elba.
|The town rises steeply from the harbor.|
|The inner harbor from the Medici fort.|
|One of the many ferries.|
|Overlooking Napoleon's residence and the second fort|
Napoleon's town residence.
Napoleon's summer residence.