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Tuscany: The Island of Elba 34

Walking on the Island of Elba

Overview

Take a relaxing walking holiday on the Island of Elba, a green oasis within the Tuscan Archipelago, famous for harbouring the French Emperor Napoleon in 1814 during his 10-month exile following the Treaty of Fontainebleau. You walk through picturesque fishing villages and along rugged coastlines. Elba is coveted for its crystal clear blue waters and white sandy beaches, the richness of the landscapes, making it the perfect destination for a walking holiday.

Highlights

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Marciana Marina

From the airport (Florence and Pisa being the closest) go to the nearest train station and take the train to Piombino. Then board a ferry and enjoy the journey in the emerald blue Mediterranean Sea as you make your way to Portoferraio. At the port, a private transfer will take you to your accommodation in Marciana Marina.

Day 2: A Choice of Marciana Marina Walks | 10-15 km

Today you can choose between 2 scenic walks. After breakfast, take the local bus to Marciana, where both walks start. In the afternoon, take the local bus back to Marciana Marina.

Option 1: Marciana to Poggio (10 km): This is an easy walk on the northern side of Monte Capanne, the highest of the island, from where you have spanning views of Marciana Marina and other villages.

Option 2: Marciana & Madonna del Monte Sanctuary (15 km): Start climbing on the Monte Capanne ridge to the viewpoint of La Tavola, from where you have great open views of the eastern side of the island and the islands of Pianosa, Montecristo and Capraia. Then gradually descend to the Madonna del Monte Santuario. A shady descend leads you across some streams back to Marciana. Afternoon local bus back to Marciana Marina.

  • Walking for the day: 10 km, 4 hrs ↑425 m ↓515 m (option 1) or 15 km, 5-6 hrs ↑800 m ↓800 m (option 2)
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Marciana Marina (Yacht Club Hotel or similar)

Day 3: San Piero in Campo Circular Walk | 8-11 km

A morning transfer takes you to the village of San Piero in Campo. Here starts the panoramic round walk offering spectacular coastal views. Waking through the Mediterranean vegetation, you will encounter some Caprili, ancient stone huts once used by the shepherds for milking the goats and making cheese. Afternoon private transfer from San Piero in Campo to the lovely fishing village of Marina di Campo with its long sandy beach and beautiful pine forest.

  • Walking for the day: 8 km, 3 hrs ↑365 m ↓365 m (shorter option) or 11 km, 5 hrs ↑565 m ↓565 m (longer option)
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Marina di Campo (Punto Verde Hotel or similar)

Day 4: Monte Poro and Colle di Palombaia | 10-13 km

Today’s walk takes you up to Monte Poro and Colle di Palombaia along a panoramic ridge path running along the cliff edge. Most of the walk is in the shady woods, and there are great views of Monte Capanne and Monte Calamita.

  • Walking for the day: 10 km, 2 hrs ↑345 m ↓345 m (option 1) or 13 km, 4 hrs ↑375 m ↓375 m (option 2)
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Marina di Campo (Punto Verde Hotel or similar)

Day 5: Monte Fonza | 15 km

The day’s route climbs on the ridge of Monte Fonza from where you can admire the whole of the Gulfs of Marina di Campo and on the other side of the mountain the bay of Lacona. You can go swimming at the end of Marina di Campo’s bay or the small pebbly cove.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 4 hrs ↑410 m ↓410 m
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Marina di Campo (Punto Verde Hotel or similar)

Day 6: Departure

The tour ends after breakfast. Private transfer to Portoferraio harbour or you can extend your stay.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation is two nice 3-star hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities. The places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included every day, and dinner on Day 3, served at a nearby restaurant. Packed lunches can be pre-ordered at the accommodations or you can buy food from the village shops. Throughout the trip, there are plenty of opportunities to taste both the great local food and wines.

Difficulty & terrain

The route is graded easy to moderate; you can optionally take a longer or a shorter walk on most days. The whole itinerary is mostly on paths and gravel roads. A good level of fitness is required for enjoying the walks to the maximum (read more about difficulty grades). We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to go

You can start your holiday every day between 14 April and 25 October. The climate of Elba Island is Mediterranean, with mild, relatively rainy winters and warm to hot, sunny summers. The best time to visit the island is the summer, from June to August, with a preference for July and August, because the sea in June is still a bit cool. Generally, the temperatures are not too high, there are rare rains, and the breeze blows; however, there can be hot and muggy periods.

Getting there

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By plane

Our recommended arrival and departure airports for this holiday are Florence and Pisa.

By train or bus
  • From Pisa airport, take the city bus (Red Line) to Pisa Centrale train station. Here take the train to Piombino Marittima. A few trains are direct; otherwise, you change train at Campiglia Marittima.
  • From Florence airport, take the direct local bus to Santa Maria Novella train station to take a train to Piombino Marittima. There are no direct trains, so you always need to change in Pisa Centrale and sometimes also in Campiglia Marittima.

To reach the port, be sure to get off in Piombino Marittima as in Piombino there are two train stations: one in the city centre and the other at the port. In Piombino Marittima, there are many ferry/boat companies to choose from to reach Portoferraio. The main companies are Toremar, Blu Navy and Moby Lines. For more information check www.traghetti-elba.it

Inclusions

Included

  • 5 nights in nice 3-star hotels
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3-course dinner on Day 3 at Ristorante Bologna, drinks excluded
  • People and luggage transfer from Portoferraio harbour to Marciana Marina on Day 1
  • Private transfer from Marciana Marina to San Piero in Campo (+ luggage to Marina di Campo) on Day 3
  • People and luggage transfer from Marina di Campo to Portoferraio harbour on Day 6
  • Holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route notes and maps (digital copy sent by email and a hard copy delivered at first hotel)
  • 24/7 phone support by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches and 4 dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Ferry transport
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Local tourist tax & entry fees (payable on the spot)
  • Personal expenses
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘Included’ in the programme

Options, extras & supplements

  • Supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room / single use of a double room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Extra nights

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