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Portoferraio Walking Tour with Guide 2 or 3 hours

4.5 (10)
Portoferraio, IT

Portoferraio Walking Tour with Guide 2 or 3 hours

4.5 (10)
Portoferraio, IT
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Explore the rich history and stunning beauty of Portoferraio on a captivating half-day private walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Immerse yourself in the stories of the Romans, the Medici, and Napoleon as your guide paints a vivid picture of the city's grand past. This tour is not just a collection of dates and names, but a cultural experience filled with intriguing anecdotes, curiosities, and even some dark details about the Medici family. As you journey through the vibrant streets, you'll discover architectural gems such as the 16th-century Theatre, the old barracks, and the charming churches. Uncover breathtaking views from Forte Falcone, explore Napoleon's former residence at Palazzina dei Mulini, and marvel at the elegant Tower della Linguella. This half-day walking tour promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Portoferraio.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 2 hours - 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Amazing military architecture of Forte Falcone
  • Visiting Napoleon's residence at Palazzina dei Mulini
  • Elegant Tower della Linguella and archaeological museum
  • Beautiful panoramic views of the archipelago
  • Exploring the old town with its historic landmarks
  • Tour guide in English German French Italian and Spanish
  • All fees and taxes

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Discover the enchanting town of Portoferraio on a half-day private walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of this coastal gem as you explore its three iconic landmarks: the Romans, the Medici, and Napoleon. Your guide will seamlessly connect these grand periods, providing fascinating anecdotes, curiosities, and even some dark details about the Medici family, who founded Cosmopoli, now known as Portoferraio.

What to Expect

Embark on an unforgettable cultural experience as you meander through the picturesque old town of Portoferraio. Marvel at the stunning panoramic views and capture Instagram-worthy moments from the city's best photographic viewpoints. As you traverse the town's charming streets, you'll encounter historical treasures such as the 18th-century Theatre, the XVI century barracks, the old bread factory, and the churches of the White and Black Guelfi papal party.

Who is this For?

This private walking tour is perfect for travelers seeking a deeper understanding of Portoferraio's captivating history and cultural heritage. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a curious explorer, or simply someone who appreciates the charm of old towns, this tour offers something for everyone. Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain unique insights into the fascinating stories that have shaped Portoferraio.

Why Book This?

Book this private walking tour to unlock the hidden gems of Portoferraio and go beyond the surface-level tourist experience. Unlike other tours that focus on dates and names, this excursion is filled with captivating anecdotes, curiosities, and lesser-known facts that will truly immerse you in the town's history. With a knowledgeable guide by your side, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the Romans, the Medici, and Napoleon, and their lasting impact on Portoferraio. Prepare to be enchanted by the town's old-world charm and be amazed by its rich cultural heritage.

Good to Know

During the tour, you'll have the opportunity to ascend and descend the pink-stoned stairs of the old town, which offer a unique and picturesque way to explore. The tour is available in multiple languages, including English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish, ensuring that all visitors can fully engage with the guide's fascinating narratives. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views and architectural wonders that await you.


Travelers who have experienced this private walking tour rave about the knowledgeable and friendly guides who bring Portoferraio's history to life. They commend the tour for its unique focus on anecdotes and lesser-known facts, making it an engaging and immersive experience. Visitors particularly appreciate the stunning viewpoints and the opportunity to explore the hidden corners of the old town. Overall, reviewers express their satisfaction with the tour, describing it as a must-do for anyone visiting Portoferraio. Don't miss out on the chance to embark on this unforgettable journey through time and culture in one of Italy's most charming coastal towns.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Forte Falcone

The fort was build by Cosimo I of The Medici family in 1548, it is one of the landmarks of the town. The structure is an amazing military architecture, just to mention some small details all the loopholes have a distinct direction to be able to see the sea and the land from every angle. The Fort can be seen from the outside or can be visited internally, where you will see the galleries that were turned into the quarters of the Royal Marine during World War II. There are also the XVI century underground tunnels and the beltway that offer astonishing views on the archipelago.

Admission Not Included

Palazzina dei Mulini

Napoleon Buonaparte stood in his first exile, 1814, on the island for 10 months, he was recognised as Elba sovereign of the island, his main residence was the Palazzina dei Mulini, in the old town between the fortresses which comprehends his apartments, his sister's apartment and a lovely garden overlooking the sea inside the walls.

Admission Not Included

Torre della Linguella

In the downtown, at the bottom of the fishing harbour, you will see the Tower della Linguella which is the focal point of the fortification on the sea protecting the harbour. The tower is an elegant Renaissance building surrounded by the ruin of a roman villa, next to the archaeological museum with artifacts of the Roman and Etruscan civilization.



4.5 (10)


A fantastic guide - very knowledgeable and friendly. You can see that she loves this town - it‘s fascinating history and how the town developed over the centuries. She speaks perfect English.


Lovely guide who was so informative and spoke very clearly. A beautiful walk with exceptional views.

Katherine N

Lovely tour of Portoferraio! The views were absolutely beautiful and we learned a lot about the history of the area.

Laura S

We had a nice walk through the old city in Portoferraio. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable about the city and Napoleon's exile there. She was interesting but not particularly enthusiastic. At the end of our tour, we asked for suggestions for the afternoon -- other points of interest to see, a restaurant for a local lunch, some shopping -- but she did not have much of anything to recommend.


The tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. This was a nice city tour and informative.


Our tour guide, Monica, was very knowledgeable and enjoyable to be with. She was helpful with identifying things which we were curious!


Visite très intéressante avec notre guide Monica.Très professionnelle, cultivée et attentionnée.Elle nous a vraiment fait partager sa passion!Nous recommandons sans hésitation.


Elba är fantastiskt, men Portoferraio urtrist och povert. Tripadvisor har ingen skuld i detta och för den historieintresserade finns naturligtvis en del att uppleva trots detta.

Candy B

À recommander, même en famille! Guide à l’écoute de ce que l’on souhaite et avec de très bonnes connaissances tant du français que de l’histoire de l’île et de Napoleon. Les enfants ont aussi aimé les histoires racontées et la visite du fort Falcone.


Super visite de Portoferraio, de nombreuses explications historiques et culturelles. La guide est très sympathique et à l’écoute, nous avons passé un super moment en famille. La guide pratique un français impeccable.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-18 07:31