Friday, January 12, 2024

Exploring Old Town on Elba

We wander down the hill from our hotel into Portoferraio to explore the old town and the harbor.  We first pass the harbor with its ferry terminal, serious fishing vessels, and lots of pleasure craft.


The edge of the harbor is lined with shops and restaurants, several with great inspirational signage.

Good ideas

From the harbor, we pass through a gate in the wall to the old town, where we walk up to Forte Stella, watching over the entrance to the harbor.

Gate into old town

Streets of old town

Forte Stella

Views from the fort

From the fort, we walk toward the castle, passing the house Napoleon live in during his 300 days on Elba.

Heading toward the castle

Scenes of Napoleon

We walk along the outside castle wall and then descend back down to the harbor in search of lunch (no castle entry for us today, lunch is calling).

Views from along the castle wall

Descending back to the port

Arriving at the port

It's been an interesting historical walk looking at the modern shops and restaurants of the port next to the old town and the history of Napoleon.

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