Among many interesting stories Isola d’Elba has to tell, it is certainly worth highlighting the one about Count Drouot’s house-museum. In this gorgeous historical mansion looking from Poggio towards Marciana, decorated with the characteristic wall paintings of the imperial age, it is possible to live a truly enjoyable experience.
Through historically accurate costumed entertainment, enriched by a little glass of Mirto alongside some delicious pastries, it is possible to re-live the original atmospheres of the house where Count Antoine Drouot hosted Napoleon himself. The governor guides visitors through the marvels of the mansion where writer Ernesto Ferrero wrote the book “N.”, also dedicated to Bonaparte’s Elban sojourn, revealing all of the small and lager secrets the house conceals.
Among these, one of the original copies of the Napoleonic “Cinq Codes” gifted to the niece of the “Carina di Poggio”, the kind and sweet Betta who used to bring fruit and vegetables to the nobles living at the mansion, leaving a small flower bouquet every time as a reverent parting gift. Possibly evoked precisely by that perfume, in the rooms of Casetta Drouot the emperor will also appear in person, accompanied by his beautiful Maria Walewska, eager to regale you with tales about themselves and Europe at the time they were around.
Conceived in 2014 during the occasion of the Napoleonic bi-centennial anniversary celebrations, just like the limited editions of Acqua dell’Elba’s perfumes “Napoleone” and “Paolina”, the historical representation created and produced by the Compagnia dei Tappezzieri revealed itself to be a resounding success, to the point of being filmed by French television, who insisted on having our perfumes on set as part of the scenography.
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