Theme Week Tuscany – Portoferraio on Elba

Thursday, 26 January 2012 - 01:48 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage
Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Magrathea

© Magrathea

Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. It is the island’s largest city. Because of its terrain, many of its buildings are situated on the slopes of a tiny hill surrounded on three sides by the sea.

It was founded by Cosimo I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, in 1548, with the name of Cosmopoli (“Cosimo’s City”), to balance the presence of the Spanish citadel in Porto Azzurro. It had three forts (Forte Stella, Forte Falcone and Forte Inglese) and a massive line of walls, all still visible today.

Villa Napoleonica di San Martino © Twice25 & Rinina25 Street view © Kuemmjen © flickr.com - janex Street view © flickr.com - janex Portoferraio Harbor © Joergsam © Magrathea
<
>
Villa Napoleonica di San Martino © Twice25 & Rinina25
The city remained to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany until the 18th century, when, due to its strategic position, it was contended by France, England and Austria. A British garrison withstood the Siege of Porto Ferrajo in 1801, but the 1802 Treaty of Amiens transferred the town to France. In 1814 it was handed over to Napoleon Bonaparte, as the seat of his first exile. In the 19th century, the city grew quickly, due to the construction of infrastructures and the exploitation of new iron mills in Rio Marina. Portoferraio then became the main shipping port of the ore towards the mainland, whence the current name, meaning “Iron Port” in Italian. After the end of the Napoleonic Era, Portoferraio returned to Tuscany, and became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1860. Here brigand Carmine Crocco was imprisoned until his death for his revolution against the reign of Victor Emmanuel II.

Portoferraio’s economy suffered from the end of mining activities starting from the 1970s, but in the following decades it gained a status as an internationally renowned tourist resort.

Here you can find the complete Overview of all Theme Weeks.

Read more on Town of Portoferraio, elbaworld.com – Portoferraio, elbalink.it – Webcams Portoferraio and Wikipedia Portoferraio. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Johns Hopkins University & Medicine - Coronavirus Resource Center - Global Passport Power Rank - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal

Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal

[caption id="attachment_201177" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Typical azulejo facades © Andreas Trepte/cc-by-sa-2.5[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. In 2011, the population was 78,450, in an area of 197.58 square kilometres (76.29 sq mi). It is the second most populous city in the Centro Region of Portugal (after Coimbra). Along with the neighbouring city of Ílhavo, Aveiro is part of an urban agglomeration that includes 120,000 inhabitants, making it one of the most important popula...

[ read more ]

Warburg in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia

Warburg in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia

[caption id="attachment_160752" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Warburg Panorama © Tuxyso/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Warburg is a town in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia on the river Diemel near the three-state point shared by Hessen, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. It is in Höxter district and Detmold region. Warburg is the center in the Warburger Börde. The main town, consisting of the Old Town (Altstadt) and the New Town (Neustadt) and bearing the same name as the whole town, is a hill town. Wh...

[ read more ]

The Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy

[caption id="attachment_152335" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Disney Fantasy arriving in New York © Stjanss and mriedel/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Disney Fantasy is a cruise ship of the American cruise company Disney Cruise Line, part of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Fantasy is the fourth ship in the cruise line. In February 2007, Disney Cruise Line announced that it had commissioned two new ships for its fleet. The first steel-cut, for scrollwork on the ship's hull, took place in March 2009 at the Meyer Werft ...

[ read more ]

Madison in Wisconsin

Madison in Wisconsin

[caption id="attachment_165434" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Wisconsin State Capitol Building during Tulip Festival © Vijay Kumar Koulampet/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the county seat of Dane County. As of July 1, 2015, Madison's estimated population of 249,000 made it the second largest city in Wisconsin, after Milwaukee, and the 84th largest in the United States. The city forms the core of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Dane Co...

[ read more ]

Large Festival Hall in Salzburg

Large Festival Hall in Salzburg

[caption id="attachment_232640" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Optimale/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Large Festival Hall in Salzburg (from 1960 to 1962 New Festival Hall, since 1963 Large Festival Hall) is one of the venues of the Salzburg Festival and is located in the old town, it is partly built into the Mönchsberg. The Large Festival Hall belonged together with the House for Mozart (the former Small Festival Hall), the Felsenreitschule and the town hall to the former prince-archbishop's court stab...

[ read more ]

Schwanenwerder in the Havel river

Schwanenwerder in the Havel river

[caption id="attachment_25055" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Boatshouse © Times/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schwanenwerder (English: "swan ait") is an island in the Havel river in Berlin. It is in the locality of Nikolassee in the borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, and is located in a wider stretch of the river, close to the eastern shore. On the opposite side, on the western bank, lies Kladow, to the south, the Wannsee. Schwanenwerder is an expensive residential area, despite a summer camp for children being located...

[ read more ]

First German department store ever located in Vladivostok: Kunst & Albers, a success story from Hamburg

First German department store ever located in Vladivostok: Kunst & Albers, a success story from Hamburg

[caption id="attachment_699" align="alignleft" width="220" caption="Kunst & Albers © ZDF"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]It is always interesting and exciting to learn more about outstanding pioneering and entrepreneurial efforts. An incredible success story began in Vladivostok, with the rise of the German trading house Kunst & Albers, which supplied South Siberia supplied with goods from all over the world. The first German department store ever, it was located at the end of the world and there it still stands. The building house...

[ read more ]

The Mediterranean island of Elba

The Mediterranean island of Elba

[caption id="attachment_153269" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Porto Ferraio © Nova77/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Elba is a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the coastal town of Piombino. The largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba is also part of the Arcipelago Toscano National Park, and the third largest island in Italy, after Sicily and Sardinia. It is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of the French island of Corsica. The island is div...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Provence - Aix-en-Provence

Theme Week Provence - Aix-en-Provence

[caption id="attachment_152679" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Wolf Meusel[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Aix-en-Provence, or simply Aix, is a city-commune in the south of France, about 30 km (19 mi) north of Marseille. It is in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, in the département of Bouches-du-Rhône, of which it is a subprefecture. The population of Aix numbers approximately 143,000. Its inhabitants are called Aixois or, less commonly, Aquisextains. Aix-en-Provence is situated in a plain overlooking the Arc, about a ...

[ read more ]

The London Stone

The London Stone

[caption id="attachment_7092" align="aligncenter" width="590"] London Stone © englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]London Stone is a historic stone that is now set within a Portland stone surround and iron grille on Cannon Street, in the City of London. London Stone is a block of oolitic limestone and measures approximately 53 x 43 x 30 cm (21 x 17 x 12 inches). This material does not occur naturally in London, its nearest source being in Kent. It is thought to have originally been much larger. S...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
The Burlamacca canal © Sailko
Theme Week Tuscany – Viareggio

Viareggio is a city and comune located in northern Tuscany, Italy, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. With a...

Piazza Alberica with Beatrice Maria d'Este monument © Davide Papalini
Theme Week Tuscany – Carrara

Carrara is a city and comune in the province of Massa-Carrara, notable for the white or blue-grey marble quarried there....

Poppi © flickr.com / 74701705@N00
Theme Week Tuscany

Tuscany is a region in Italy. It has an area of about 23,000 square kilometres (8,900 sq mi) and a...

Schließen