NOW TRY ELBA
It goes some way to understanding Napoleon’s yearning to lead France that he tried to rule twice, but it says more that for the second attempt he managed to remove himself from the island of Elba to do so. Who wouldn’t want to be exiled to the Tuscan isle and stay there? With 190 beaches, ice-clear water and very hikeable mountains, one would find it hard to disagree with Napoleon’s mother’s take on Elba: “Beautiful, charming, elegant and frighteningly powerful.” Travelsphere (travelsphere.co.uk) offers seven nights on Elba from £769pp, including flights to Pisa, ferry transfers, and three-star B&B.
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