Trekking on Elba and Pianosa - Long Weekend program:

One day of trekking on the Island of Elba, one on Pianosa Island.

Discover in the company of skilled local environmental guides the most beautiful and fascinating locations of these two islands.

Elba is the largest and most varied island of the Tuscan Archipelago, with a scrubland low at times and shrubby at others, its landscape and vegetation change constantly: from steppe to garrigue, from holm oaks and chestnut trees groves to alders covering wide ditches; from red iron mountains on the eastern side of the island to the imposing granite massif of Mount Capanne, whose peak dominates the whole Tuscan Archipelago. Its mineralogical wealth and geology are known pretty much worldwide and are often subject of studies carried out by Earth Sciences Universities. The variety of local habitats is incredible if compared to the actual size of its territory, so is also Elba’s historical relevance in the Mediterranean context.
Pianosa is the closest island to Elba: completely flat, bright, with white rocks enhancing its blue sea transparency and fields not longer cultivated, now covered by flowers and fragrant brush. An island with a mysterious past, an archaeological heritage made of prehistoric burials, catacomb structures, Neolithic caves, zoological and vegetable remains from very ancient times, all evidences stating a significant and constant presence of animals and humans. Furthermore, ”Bagni di Agrippa”, fish farming ponds as well as remains of Roman buildings and various infrastructures, tell us tales of a relevant establishment of Roman communities. Not to mention, much later, a chapter as Italy’s first agricultural penal colony followed by the years as a maximum security prison, eventually shut down for good.

Program of trekking excursions on the Island of Elba and Pianosa:

1st day- thursday

arrival on Elba, allocation of hotel rooms, dinner, overnight stay.

2nd day- friday

breakfast, full day excursion, dinner, overnight stay.

3th day – saturday

breakfast, full day excursion to the Island of Pianosa, lunch either packed or bought on site, return to Elba and transfer to Portoferraio.

4th day – sunday


Trekking excursions itineraries:

2nd day – friday, Discovering Elba mountains

Itineray: Marciana – Pomonte
Length: km 15.850
Travel time: 7 hours
Interest: Historical, naturalistic, panoramic

We set off from Marciana (408 a.s.l.m.) the island highest village, built on the north ridge of Monte Capanne granite massif. Through the solemn and steep alleys of this medieval little town we reach its 1200 AD fortress, then take an easy path that runs through the leafy Valley of Pedalta up to San Cerbone Hermitage. A sanctuary in the vicinity of “Grotta del Santo”, built in 1421AD by Benedictines monks and where San Cerbone retired to in the latest years of his life, before dying in 1534 AD. Once left the Sanctuary, we start our ascent towards Mount Capanne (1019 m.a.s.l.), initially on a path underneath chestnut trees, then across steep “macei” (large granite slabs) surrounded by holm oaks. About 40 minutes after leaving the hermitage, we get to a caprile (a stone shelter once used by local shepherds) and to a “chiuso” (fenced area for livestock). From here our path becomes much more panoramic and while overlooking the lush “Valle della Nivera”, leads us to Mount Capanne summit (the highest point on the island) where you can get to enjoy an incomparable view not only over Elba but also over the other Tuscan Archipelago islands, Corsica and a large stretch of Tuscan coast. From Capanne we descend rather rapidly towards “Le Filicaie” (870 m.a.s.l.), a small plateau halfway between Capanne and Mount Calanche, then further down towards the rock overhang shelters of “La Grottaccia” , then across ” Cenno” ridge where mouflons live undisturbed under the watchful eye of buzzards and peregrine falcons, to finally reach Elba’s largest upland fortification : “Le Mure”, an ancient stone village once inhabited by Villanovan populations, destroyed in 453 BC by Syracusans and never built up again; today, what is left of the original structure is a significant part of the wall perimeter (some sections even more than 2 meters high) as well as quite few hand cut stones, later in time used by shepherds to build shelters and fence off areas. Here, we start to descend towards Pomonte through “Valle del Poio”, a valley crossed by a stream characterized by waterfalls and ponds, that is never short of water even in the summertime. This great valley (the largest on the island) had been terraced from the sea up to 640 meters and cultivated with vines; nowadays most of the vineyards have been abandoned, but a kind of vast granite amphitheater remains as an evidence of the hard labour of Elba peasants. Our excursion terminates in Pomonte, among lemon trees and white houses overlooking the sea.

3th day – Saturday: Discovering Pianosa

Travel time: 8 hours
Lenght: km 19,5
Interest: Historical, geological, naturalistic.

Departing from Marina di Campo harbour, about an hour later we are ready to disembark at Pianosa. After a brief visit to its uninhabited old village, we enter the former agricultural penal colony, now a national park protected area, then walk past the “Dalla Chiesa” wall amidst abandoned structures and cultivations; it is pretty common to come across the many partridges and pheasants populating this area, they were, in fact, introduced onto the island over two centuries ago when Pianosa was a private hunting reserve belonging to the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Walking surrounded by beautiful dry stone walls typical of the island, we reach ‘Marchese’ fort branch, a refined building built on the island northern edge, that over the years, has been a setting for multiple purposes; below us the beautiful bay of Porto Romano, whose crystalline waters are enhanced by friable white rocks delimiting the land end.
While heading south again along the west coast, we stop by Gulf della Botte to visit the ancient wash houses and Roman aqueduct. Our excursion continues along the beautiful Pianosa coast, enliven by numerous sea birds, including European shags, Herring gulls, and Scopoli’ s shearwaters ; around us intense Mediterranean scrub scents; while a complete lack of relief gives us the impression of being able to reach the other islands just by walking. After visiting the remains of Villa Romana di Agrippa, we conclude our excursion on Cala Giovanna beach, the only Pianosa shore where bathing is allowed.

Other dates on request ( min 8 people)


prices on request
Package includes: 3 overnight stays in a double room with half board at a 2 or 3 star hotel, 3 guided excursions as scheduled, a return foot passenger ferry ticket to/from Piombino , ferry ticket to/from Pianosa, all transfers within the Island of Elba, insurance, technical assistance during the excursions.