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Isle of Elba
Tuscany - Isle of Elba
The Isle of Elba (Isola d' Elba) is the largest island in the Tuscan archipelago, separated by the continent by the 10 km wide Piombino Canal. Elba, 27 km long and 18 km wide, is characterized by never ending hills and mountains, the highest of which is Monte Capanne (1019 m), ringed with pristine beaches and packed with rugged vegetation. Elba's most famous resident was Napoleon, who spent 9 months in exile (May 1814 - February 1815) here, after the fall of Paris. He lived in Villa dei Mulini, and then in Villa San Martino a couple of miles outside Portoferraio, built by the emperor's nephew.