The Hut of Marco Caprile Elbano

Marco’s hut, a pastoral shelter created in Tafone

Pastoral shelter whose name derives from the nineteenth-century landowner Marco Palmleri. At that time, in this area there was the highest concentration of sheep on the island, 3,036 animals out of a total of 5,122, as shown in the 1868 census. The artefact was obtained from the dry-stone walling of a technically defined rock formation “tafone”, originating from the erosion of wind and salt. It was used as a shelter for shepherds and for the equipment necessary for the preparation of cheeses and ricottas.

Ancient Caprile Elbano

The Caprile La Capanna di Marco

In front of the hut, a little further down, is the caprile Elbano, enclosure made with a low dry stone wall, where the flock of goats were gathered for milking and to spend the night sheltered. In this area, sheep farming has been an important activity since ancient times. In fact, the people who in the sub-Apennine period (1300-1150 BC) populated the slopes of Monte Capanne in large numbers, scattered in small villages, dedicated themselves to it.

Colonna in granito, all'antica cava delle Grottarelle

Other attractions in the vicinity of Caprile

Also in the immediate vicinity of the Caprile “La Capanna di Marco”, we find the Antica Macina, a granite sculpture and the ancient Cava delle Grottarelle, where it is possible to see various granite columns and other remains of work suddenly stopped, according to some in 1348.


Marco’s hut and the Granite streets

Stree View

360° view of Caprile

How to reach Marco’s hut

We can reach Caprile, La Capanna di Marco, starting from San Piero, the distance is approximately 3 km travel time just under an hour. Another way is by taking a secondary road above the Cavoli beach and parking inconveniently on the edge of the road, near the Nave, ancient granite sculpture also in the archaeological area of ​​the area. The distance this other way is just over 1 km, travel time about 30 minutes.

Posizione del Caprile La Capanna di Marco