The “de Laugier” Cultural Centre
Built on request of Cosimo I De’Medici in the 1550s as an offensive headquarters against the Moorish pirates, and planned by the architect Giovanni Camerini, it was seat of the Order of the Knights of Santo Stefano, and became barracks after having been turned into a Franciscan convent.
Just go up the Salita Napoleone - the long, pink stone stairway – and you’ll come to it right in the centre of the old part of Portoferraio.
Today it is a Cultural Congress Centre, so called after Cesare De Laugier, one of Napoleon’s heroic officers from the Battle of Curtatone and Montanara, and whose mother was from Portoferraio, and consists of an exposition room, a spacious congress room (for about 250 people) complete with an audio-video system as well as a cinema with Dolby Digital system.
Both the Foresi Picture Gallery and the Public Library are to be found in its large, bright rooms.