Historical Tour history

Time needed

approx. 3h on foot (we’ll meet our guide in Portoferraio)
For further information on the tour and prices please contact our devoted concierge (concierge@hotelhermitage.it)


It’s the largest town in the island, boasting ancient Roman origins, still today it shows the architectonic structure Cosimo I de’ Medici gave it in the mid-16th century. We’ll walk along the first part of its walls built to protect the town, we’ll visit Fort Falcone and Villa dei Mulini, Napoleon’s home.

Fort Falcone

Together with Fort Stella and the Tower of Linguella this fort is one of the three “cornerstones” of the defensive system for the town of Cosmopolis (it was Cosimo I who gave this name to Portoferraio)

Villa dei Mulini

After being Napoleon’s home, nowadays it’s an interesting National Museum. It was built in 1724 by the Grand Duke Gian Gastone de’ Medici. At first it didn’t show the current structure: according to Napoleon’s own will it was later modified by the architect Paolo Bargigli from Leghorn who added one more floor to the central part of the residence unifying the two first buildings in order to create a great ballroom.