One of the three backbones of the defence system in Portoferraio

Where it isPortoferraio - Old Part
How to get thereStart off at the Palazzina dei Mulini, then go left along Via del Falcone and keep going until you come to a winding path on the right that takes you up to the entrance to the Fort.
Opening times 2018From 30.03 to 10.06 and from 27.08 to 04.11
10.00-18.40 (the ticket office closes 40 minutes before)
From 11.06 to 26.08
10.00-20.00 (the ticket office closes 40 minutes before)
Ticket pricesCosmopoli Card € 14,00 / reduced € 12,00 (children from 9 years old to 18, students and the over 70s) / Families € 10 (minimum 3 paying) / Groups € 10 (over 20 paying) / no charge (children up to the age of 8, the disabled) - /"Sport & Culture Promotion 5,00 euros (Valid only forlocal sports asssociations) that are Resident on any of the Communes on the Island of Elba 5,00 euros (except those who are residents in Portoferraio) - valid for 7 days all and allows you into the following  places of culture in Portoferraio: Fortresses, Forte Falcone, Vigilanti Theatre, Archaeology site in Linguella, Roman villa in Le Grotte, Foresiana Picture Gallery and Multimedia Exhibition "L'Esilio dell'Aquila".
Only a visit to the Fortezze and Forte Falcone Reduced € 5 (exclusively for organized groups over 20 people).
Contact detailstel. +39 0565 944024 (Cosimo de' Medici) - www.visitaportoferraio.com

Fort Falcone has an area of 2360 square metres, and along with Fort Stella and the Linguella Tower, is one of the three "backbones" of the defence system of the town of Cosmopoli (the name given to Portoferraio by Cosimo l). It was designed by Giovan Battista Belluci from San Marino, and under the guidance of Giovanni Camerini, was built in 1548..

It sits on the highest hill in Portoferraio (79 metres a.s.l.) and you get to the Fort by following a winding road that starts in Via della Regina and takes you up to the entrance, preceeded by a forepart dating back to the year 1700. Above the magnificent wooden door that has been completely restored, there is a marble plaque with the same name as the one in Porta a Mare and at Fort Stella, in memory of the Grand Duke Cosimo l, founder of Cosmopoli.

Once you have gone through the door, that in the past was protected by a drawbridge, you find yourself in a circular vault, leading on to all the internal corridors that, with their slits looking out onto the moat, were the Fort's original defence centre. Walking up a slope you then get to theramparts that defend the land side of the Fort. On the left there is a slab in memory of Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi, the politician and writer who was held prisoner here in 1848; under the floor there is a large water tank (still in use), used for collecting the rain so as to ensure a water supply in the event of the Fort being attacked.

If you go along the walkway around the fort, you get to the side facing the sea where the steep cliff acts as a natural and insurmountable defence. The terreplain that can be reached via a small staircase on the left is surrounded by arches and rooms with circular or cross vaults once used as small storerooms or prisons. A tunnel on the right, now closed, takes you to a walkway that goes as far as Le Ghiaie Beach.

Today only two of the four sentry boxes that stood at each corner of the fortress remain: the north-eastern one where the Lorraine cross that is still in good condition is kept, and the south-western one that was rebuilt after the war. The central part of the fort was built for the Navy in the 1940s.

Suggestion from Infoelba: Once inside Fort Falcone, make a point of looking out of every single window, sentry box and slit. All the wonderful views, with their natural stone or pink plastered frames, make perfect and totally unique postcards.

A tiny Petite Armèe museum

Since August 2017 an exhibition area dedicated to Napoleon and his exile in Elba in 1814 has been set up inside Fort Falcone.This tiny museum in honour of Napoleon has come to be thanks to the collaboration work between the Petite Armèe Association and the Cosimo dei Medici, as well as that of the Commune of Portoferraio.

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