Elba crossing by trekking

From granite mountains to iron mines

Two days of excursions accThe Great Crossing Elba on foot is a chance to get to know Elba Island in an active and complete way.

By walking on Elba trails in the company of skilled and qualified local guides, you get to: admire a nature still intact and rich in life; discover traces of a thousand-year history; know the culture of a population that has taken in over centuries cultural and genetic influences of the many
civilizations appeared around the Mediterranean region; discover a one of a kind geology in the world; and admire breathtaking views over Elba, the Tuscan coast, Corsica and all the smaller islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. Finally, we will have the chance to visit a variety of natural
environments (cliff, dune, garrigue, scrubland, woods, rocky peaks), thus getting to know a large number of plant species, and observe wild animals such as wild boars and mouflons. The Great Crossing Elba on foot is an opportunity to discover and learn multiple aspects in a short time thanks to the great concentration of interests that this rather small but great island has to offer.

1st day: Arrival to the port of Piombino by your own means of transport, boarding onto the ferry to Portoferraio, transfer from Portoferraio harbour to the hotel, rooms allocation, dinner, overnight stay.
2nd day: Chiessi – Marina di Campo trekking , length 25km maximum altitude 1019
3rd day: Marina di Campo – Cavo trekking , length 37km maximum altitude 516

4th day: Breakfast, transfer to Portoferraio harbour, departure to Piombino

Stage 1
Hiking Itinerary:
Leaving from Chiessi we start our ascent along a trail surrounded by low height vineyards. Arrived at the foot of Mount San Bartolomeo (400 m.a.s.l.) is a 12th century Romanesque church of the same name, here we keep climbing up onto a path that winds on a virtually flat level among typical Mediterranean scrubland plants, from which you can enjoy a wide panoramic view over the valleys of Chiessi and Pomonte.
Once reached Troppolo (700 m.a.s.l.) we descend along a well-paved path surrounded by a high woody vegetation; chestnut groves below us and on our right Mount di Cote imposing granite massif (950 m.a.s.l.). Further on we reach Masso dell’Aquila”; (634 m.a.s.l.), a captivating location
due to its abundant archaeological evidence. Left l’Aquila, we get to the Madonna del Monte Sanctuary (630 m.a.s.l.) and its centuries-old chestnut trees.
Descending towards Marciana, we enter a beautiful path that leads into the Pedalta Valley then deep into the woods it reaches the Romitorio di San Cerbone, an hermitage built in 1421 AD by Benedictines monks. Once left the Sanctuary, we start our ascent towards Mount Capanne (1019
m.a.s.l.), initially on a path underneath chestnut trees, then climbing up steep “macei”; (large granite slabs) that lead to its summit (the highest point on the island), from which you can enjoy an inestimable view over the island itself, as well as over the other Tuscan archipelago islands, Corsica and a good stretch of the Tuscan coast.
Next we descend rapidly towards Le Filicaie (870m.a.s.l.), vertex of Nivera and Poio valleys, until we get to “I macei”;, impressive large collapsed granite slabs situated along a path leading to the panoramic point of Mount Maolo (749 m.a.s.l.); heading further down in the direction of Sassinca Valley, we reach the small medieval village of Sant Ilario followed by Marina di Campo.

Stage 2
Trekking Itinerary:
Left Marina di Campo, we walk up Costa di Segagnana in the direction of Mount Tambone (377 m.a.s.l.). In front of us a spectacular view over the coast below where Fonza beach, Priolo shoal and Punta le Mete take center stage. Once at the top, we take a path that leads us to an evocative and mysterious megalithic temple. Followed, further on, by a path that runs on the central ridge, from which you can overview both north and south side of the island at the same time. After passing Colle Reciso, we head upward again to get to the 377 meters of Mount Orello. There you
can admire a beautiful panoramic view over Portoferraio and its majestic Medici fortifications.
While descending, we get a wider panorama that includes Lacona beach, Capo Stella and Punta Calamita in the background. Crossed the main road, we begin to climb the valley of Buraccio, then before overpassing the hill, we go left in the direction of Mount Castello (390 m.a.s.l.). Once we have reached the summit, we can enjoy a stunning vier over the sanctuary of Monserrato below us.
We carry on climbing surrounded by a low, sparse scrub and few pines bent by the wind, until we reach Cima del Monte (516 m.a.s.l.), from which we dominate the Castle of Volterraio (400 m.a.s.l.) and Rio nell’Elba, a place known since ancient times for the iron mines present on its
territory. We make our way down to this town rather quickly and visit its sixteenth century Santa Caterina Hermitage followed by the ruins of Grassera, a village destroyed by Saracens in 1534AD.
Next we climb up to the last peak of our excursion, Mount Giove (352 m.a.s.l.) where we get to see the imposing ruins of Fortezza del Giogo, a 1460AD fortress. From here, in addition to the mines,you can overlook also the Piombino canal and the islets of Cerboli and Palmaiola. A further
forty minutes walk and we reach Cavo, the Elba town closest to the mainland, here we conclude our crossing.

Dates on request (min 4 people)



€ 290 on person (€ 350 Easter and bridges)

Package includes: 2 full days of guided trekking excursions, each respectively long: Km 25 + 37 (highest point 1019 m.a.s.l.) 3 overnight stays in a double room with half board at a 2 or 3 star hotel, a return foot passenger ferry ticket to/from Elba, all transfers within the island (up to to 8 people), insurance, technical assistance during the excursions.
Package does not include: own journey to / from Piombino or any other port of departure, an eventual return ferry ticket for vehicles, meals, extras or anything not specified under “Package includes”.