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 Hiking on Monte Capanne

trekking Elba - monte capanne visto da Pomonte

The summit of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.  Two days of guided excursions, accompanied by specialist guides to discover the highest mountain on the Island of Elba and in all the Archipelago, we are always linked to the assistance minibus for any emergency.


Dates for 2013:

 21/24 march 2013
 09/12 may 2013

 13/16 june 2013
 03/06 october 2013
 14/17 november 2013
 05/08 december 2013

Other dates on request for groups of a minimum of 4 people

 Price:€ 290 per person (€ 350 at Easter or national holidays)

The package includes: 2 days of guided hiking 18.5 + 21.4 (highest point 1019 m), 3 nights half board in a 3 star hotel, ferry ticket, all transfers within the island (until 8 persons), insurance and technical assistance during the excursions.
The package does not include: the return journey from your place of departure to Piombino, any return ferry passage for cars, drinks at meals, all lunches, any entrance tickets to museums, parks or similar even if scheduled in the programme, extras and anything not specified in the entry “The package includes”.


 Programme of the hike on the summit of Elba

1st day hike: Poggio – Pomonte
Distance: 15.850 km
Time: about 7 hours
Interest: naturalistic, panoramic, historical-archaeological

We leave from Poggio (350 m asl), a small fortified medieval borough with charming lanes adorned with thick hydrangeas.  On leaving Poggio we go up a Great Valley, with hundred-year-old chestnut trees, to the Saint Cerbone hermitage.  The sanctuary was built in 1421 by Benedictine monks near the Saint’s grotto where Saint Cerbone retreated during the last years of his life, before dying in 534.  Leaving the sanctuary we begin our ascent of Monte Capanne (1019 m asl) first we follow a path under chestnut trees, where it is possible to meet deer, then we cross steep “macei”  (rubble)  among holm oaks.  Forty minutes walk from the Hermitage we find a “caprile” (old Elban shepherd’s stone refuge) and an enclosure for the animals.  From this point the path is very panoramic, and master the luxuriant Nivera valley, which leads to the summit of Monte Capanne (1019 m and the highest point on the island), here we can enjoy an amazing view of Elba and of the other islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, Corsica and a good part of the Tuscan coast.  From Capanne we quickly descend to Filicaie (870 m asl), a small plateau half way between Monte Capanne and Monte Calanche, to continue the descent towards the refuges under the rocks of “Grottaccia” crossing over the bare dorsal of “Cenno” where mouflons live undisturbed under the vigilant eye of buzzards and Peregrine falcons.  Continuing we get to the ancient stone village of “Mura”, the biggest hill fortification on Elba.  The village, inhabited by Villanovan people was destroyed in 453 BC by people from Siracuse and was never rebuilt.  Much of the perimeter wall of the original structure remains (in some parts it is higher than two metres) and there are many worked stones, which were used in later times by shepherds in the building of “caprile” (round stone refuges) and animal enclosures.  Crossing the “Valle del Poio” (valley) we descend towards Pomonte following a stream which even in summer is full of water, there are numerous waterfalls and small ponds, it is difficult place to forget.  The large valley above Pomonte was once upon a time completely terraced from the sea to 640 m high and cultivated with vines; the majority of the vineyards are abandoned today, but there remains an enormous amphitheatre of granite as witness to the great work of Elban peasants.
The trip finishes among the white sea facing houses of Pomonte.

2nd day of hike:  Marciana – Chiessi
Distance: 12.8 km
Time: about 6 hours
Interest: naturalistic, panoramic, historical

We set out from Marciana (408 m asl), the highest town on Elba on the north slope of the granite massive of Monte Capanne.  Following the narrow and steep lanes of this austere medieval borough we get to a fortress built around 1200 and then we walk up the easy footpath, with its stations of the cross, to the Madonna del Monte sanctuary (630 m asl);  the 18th century sanctuary, surrounded by hundred-year-old chestnut trees, has an elegant granite fountain also of the 18th century.  On leaving the sanctuary we go towards the Masso dell’Aquila (Eagle massive) (634 m asl) a stupendous place to admire the view of the North side of the Tuscan Archipleago,  on the clearest days we can see Corsica, Capraia and the Tuscan coast.  The walk continues along an easy granite paved path which in days gone by connected Marciana and Chiessi, we pass through very varied vegetation some typical of the Mediterranean maquis: strawberry trees, Tree heath, rock roses, broom to chestnut, oaks and holm oak woods.  Continuing we get to “il Semaforo” (599 m asl), a military observation and signal station used until 1954, it was very important during the second world war because, from here, maritime traffic in the Corsican channel was controlled.  We descend, now, towards Chiesi, a small village of white houses on the coast, crossing abandoned vineyards which once produced valued wine.  The village has the typical environment of Western Elba, the people here have had more contact with Corsica than Italy.

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