MARCIANA (355 m) – Monte Capanne (1019 m) – La Grottaccia ( 647 m) – Le Mure (630 m) – Pomonte (23 m)
Length 12.9 km
Duration 5 h
Highest point 989 m
Lowest point 23 m
Total ascent 741m
Total descent 1,069m
Max altitude: Monte Capanne; Type of terrain: paths and mule tracks;
Interest: historical, naturalistic and geological.
Degree of difficulty: medium;
through narrow alleys you will reach the fortress built around the year 1200. From here starts the smooth track that crosses the green valley of Pedalta and reaches the Hermitage of San Cerbone (531 m.). It was built by the Benedictines in 1421 near the cave in which the hermit withdrew during the last period of his life.
Mountain Capanne, the highest peak on the island of Elba
The climb to the top of Mount Capanne, the highest peak of the island, begins along a track winding its way under the oaks. Among these, if you are lucky, you may see deer. The track continues along a steep granite slate landslides among ilexes where it can be easy to lose the way.
After walking for about 40 minutes from the hermitage the track arrives at a stone shelter and pen once used by shepherds. The last part of the track opens onto beautiful views over the luxuriant Nivera valley and reaches the peak of Mount Capanne: from the top you will be able to dominate the whole Island of Elba , the other islands of the archipelago, Corsica and part of the Tuscan coastline. This should repay for all your efforts.
After a rest, the walk continues quickly downhill to Filicaie (870 m.), a small plateau between Mount Capanne and Mount Calanche; then on through the bare ridge of the Cenno, where the moufflons live undisturbed with buzzards and peregrine falcons, towards the shelters under the rocks at the Grottaccia hill (647 m.) all the way to the ancient stone village of Le Mure (631m), the greatest high-ground fortification on the island.
The big valley from Capanne to Pomonte
The village, inhabited by Villanovan people, was destroyed in 453 BC by the Syracusans and never rebuilt. Of the original structure remain a good part of the walls and numerous worked stones, reused in later times by shepherds to build goats and enclosures.
The descent continues in the Poio valley, crossed by a stream rich in water even during the summer, in a suggestive succession of waterfalls and lakes.
The descent continues across the Poio valley through which runs a torrent rich of water even during the summer creating a number of small cascades and pools. During the centuries, this large valley overlooking Pomonte was completely terraced from the sea to 640 meters in height to cultivate vineyards; most of these have now been abandoned but are still the evidence of the incredible work of the farmers of Elba. Our itinerary ends at Pomonte, near the small white houses in front of an amazing sea.
360° view from the top of Elba Island
How to reach the summit of the Island of Elba, Monte Capanne
The summit of the island of Elba, Monte Capanne, can be reached from Marciana Alta, through the path 101 from Marciana in about 6 hours, length: 8.3 km, with a height difference of 785 meters.