Admiral Nelson came to Portoferraio in about 1800 during England’s two-year occupation of the island. He described it as one of the safest harbours in the world. Good job, as it is pretty windy today! The harbour is horse-shoe shaped and set in the corner of a protected bay, so there is very little fetch from any direction, although there is a bit of a surge today. It was fortified in the 1500s against Turkish pirates and Napoleon lived here during his first period of exile. He was only here for seven months before escaping back to France, but while here he lived in a lovely house overlooking the harbour on one side and the sea on the other. We had a walk up through the two main forts yesterday evening, from where we had a great view.
28 Jun This entry was published on June 28, 2017 at 8:38 am and is filed under Uncategorized.