Our friends from Salt Lake City, Sharisse and Garett came to visit us for a week! After some summer grilling, limoncello drinking, acetaia (balsamic vinegar factory) touring, Ferrari driving, pizza eating, and site-seeing around Firenze and Bologna, we set off for the Island of Elba. Elba, which is located just about 6 miles off the coast of Tuscany in the Mediterranean Sea, is a real tropical paradise. The 3rd largest island in Italy (after Sicilia and Sardegna), Elba has both mountains and water. Really is there a better combination? The island is most famous for being the place of Napoleon’s exile in 1814. After signing the Treaty of Fontainebleau, Napoleon’s reign as emperor ended and he was sent to Elba, where he remained for 300 days. He, of course, made one last stand shortly thereafter (Waterloo) where he was ultimately defeated.