Marciana Trekking The Woods on the Nortt-Western Coast Marciana Elba Island

MARCIANA (355m) – SAN CERBONE (531m) – MONTE CAPANNE (1019 m) – VALLE DI PEDALTALA STRETTA (805 m) – MARCIANA (355 m)

Length 10.7 km
Duration 4 h 35 minutes
Highest point 1019 m asl
Lowest point 343 m
Total ascent 810 m
Total descent 810 m Difficulty: “E”


Trekking a Marciana Isola d' Elba

This walk starts from Marciana, an ancient medieval village easily reached by bus (ATL). Starting point is the Parish Church of Santa Caterina. From the Lorena medieval gate you enter the old town center and this walk starts in the narrow alleys and stairways with balconies full of flowers. Continuing, houses and streets will be replaced by chestnut trees and brooms.Marciana Trekking Elba Island THE WOODS ON THE NORTH-WESTERN COAST

This walk starts from Marciana, an ancient medieval village easily reached by bus (ATL). Starting point is the Parish Church of Santa Caterina. From the Lorena medieval gate you enter the old town center and this walk starts in the narrow alleys and stairways with balconies full of flowers. Continuing, houses and streets will be replaced by chestnut trees and brooms.Marciana Trekking Elba Island THE WOODS ON THE NORTH-WESTERN COAST

Marciana Alta and Monte Capanne

From the Hermitage, after a 20/30 minute climb, you will reach the “A” fork. You should continue by following the route at the same altitude, in north-west direction; the track now features Mediterranean bush opening here and there onto sensational landscapes.

Poggio visto dalla via per Monte Capanne

The itinerary at this point winds along mainly on level ground on the rocky slopes of Mount Capanne; and if you are lucky, among the granite stones you might see sedentary moufflons and red partridges, as well as the majestic flight of the buzzards hunting for small mammals.

During the springtime the track is characterized by fragrant flowers of the Mediterranean bush while in fields and between rocks there are sweeps of beautiful orchids and violets coloring the landscape in an unusual way.Marciana Trekking Elba Island THE WOODS ON THE NORTH-WESTERN COAST The sea is also visible from the more internal tracks.

Mountain Capanne  Rock spur huts

From the “A” fork after an hour’s walk you reach the Pedalta Valley and from here through a forest of pine and chestnut trees you arrive at the “B” fork. Climbing upwards in just a short walk you reach a saddle from which on very clear days you can see the islands of Corsica and Capraia to the west and central and eastern Elba to the east. Before ending the excursion you should stop for a visit at the great Pisan Fortress (12th century) and nearby, still inside the higher part of Marciana historical center, the Antiquarium where interesting pre-Roman findings are exhibited.