The Nappy look-alike was taken ashore on a gozzo, an attractive traditional fishing boat from the area. It has a tremendous freeboard so it can be rowed standing up, facing forward, in the Venetian style, though propulsion was normally by sail (a lateen), now usually by a small diesel.
In point of historical fact, Napoleon arrived not on a gozzo but a much grander vessel - the captain's barge of the British frigate HMS Undaunted. But at least the gozzo was designed and built by an Englishman in Italy - Peter Radclyffe.
More on the festivities here, and a tip o'the hat to Gavin Atkin.