The year 2014 will always be remembered as a very important year for the Island of Elba because it will be the Bicentenary of Napoleon Bonaparte's exile on the island.
Napoleon's stay in Elba had a very strong effect on the development of the island, where he ruled and brought about important changes in the every day life of the locals, like the flag he hoisted on the uppermost part of Portoferraio that still exists today.
People from Elba have always felt very close to Napoleon, and every May 5th a mass is held in his honour in the Church of the Reverenda Misericordia in Portoferraio.
Napoleon's Bicentenary will be celebrated with 10 months of exhibitions, musical shows and historical remakes that will cover several stages of his exile, from his installation in office to his "flight" from Elba, so as to never forget the man who left such a strong mark on the island.
We strongly reccomend the walks "Following Napoleon's footsteps" organised by the 2014 Tuscany Walking Festival. Trekking lovers will find many many routes and guided excursions in search of the places where the Emperor stopped.