It was Napoleon's summer residence, and has antiques and works of art that date back to his exile

Where it isPortoferraio - San Martino
Contact detailsphone number and fax 0039 0565 914688
Winter opening hours (until 31st March [2016])weekdays: from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m (last entrance 2 p.m.); holidays from 8.30 a.m to 1.00 p.m. (last entrance 12 a.m.)
Summer opening hours (until 25th October [2016])weekdays: 8.30 a.m. to 7 p.m (last entrance 6 p.m.); holidays 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (last entrance 12.00 a.m.)
ClosedMondays (From September 10th); January 1st; May 1st; December 25th
PricesTickets: 5,00 Euros (full price) - 2,50 Euro (reduced price)
  • free admission for visitors under the age of 18 (on the condition that they come from a EU country or a country with which Italy has stipulated riciprocity international relations);
  • visitors between 18 and 25 and teachers in public schools: 2,50 euros;
  • all inclusive ticket: 8,00 euros full price; visitors between 18 and 25 and teachers in public schools: 4,00 euros (all inclusive for both Napoleonic residences, the Palazzina dei Mulini and the Villa San Martino, valid for 3 days);
  • free admission first Sunday in the month.
Access for the disabledPartial: no problem as regards the ground floor, but the first floor is upstairs.
Taking films and buying photographsonly after prior permission from the manager, according to laws in force
Access to building and groundsto garden only

The Villa in San Martino, Napoleon's summer residence, is in the heart of the countryside, about 5 km from Portoferraio.The magnificent neoclassic architecture of the building is the work of Count Anatolio Demidoff, husband of Napoleon's neice Matilde di Monfort, who, in 1851, decided to build a place worthy of Imperial pomps where he could keep his collection of Napoleonic antiques,

The Demidoff Gallery is at the foot of the original building, and here you can admire the statue of the original Galatea, that seemingly Paolina Borghese posed for, done by Canova, and originally meant to enhance the beauty of the gardens in the Palazzina dei Mulini.

The original Napoleonic residence is above the Demidoff Gallery. The very moderate architecture of the outside of the building is in contrast to that of the inside, over two floors of rooms and halls, designed by the architect Bargigli, while the frescos were done by Vincenzo Antonio Revelli, from Turin.

On the second floor, well worth visiting, is the Egyptian room, where an octagonal tank has papyrus plants, withtrompe l'oeil on the walls representing the Egyptian country side, and the lovers' knot room, meant to be a dining room, where the fresco on the ceiling of two doves in flight holding the lovers' knot symbolizes the the love between Napoleon and Maria Luisa.

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Villa di San Martino e Galleria Demidoff

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