Isola di Capraia

Archipelago Walking Tours

25 April to May 1 on the islands

Walking tours have been organized on the Tuscan islands, as part of the 2012 Tuscany Walking Festival. Below is a calendar:

MONDAY APRIL 23


Eastern Elba  – Mineral Trekking along the old railway
Guided by Caput Liberum, we will visit the Cantiere del Vallone via the Innamorata, giving visitors a chance to pick up samples of copper and iron. A visit to the “Museo della Vecchia Officina” and tastings of traditional schiaccia briaca from the area will follow. 
Meeting point: parking lot Innamorata beach: 2pm

Duration: 5 hours

Difficulty: medium-easy

Cost: 3 euros



Eastern Elba – The Ring of Ematite

Participants will travel along the path that leads from the ex-mineral cave to the Rio Marina all the way to Cavo, visiting the Capella Tonietti and passing via Monte Grosso on the way back to Rio Marina. We will be accompanied by Nordic Walking guide, Evi Gürtler. Bring a bag lunch. 
For info: cell. +39 328 7334361
Meeting point: 10:30am in front of the Hotel Rio of Rio Marina
Duration: 6 hours

Difficulty: medium-difficult

Free of charge

WEDNESDAY APRIL 25

Eastern Elba – Castello del Volterraio
Panoramic walk along the cliffs to the Castello del Volterrario where you can see Portoferraio and the northern coast of Elba.
Meeting point: 10am in cars at the Casa del Parco “Franco Franchini” in Rio nell’Elba, loc. I Lavatoi (tel. +39 0565 943399 or cell Guida Parco Cinzia Battaglia +39 347 3520986)

Duration: 3 hours 

Difficulty: medium

Free of charge



Central Elba – Walk along the Dunes of Lacona
A trek to observe the flora of the dunes and the forms of growth that adapt to beach life. See the vegetation that grows along the shore and inland. This environment is rich in unusual plants. These areas are at risk, so learn about them in order to appreciate and protect them.
For information: Pelagos, tel. +39 347 6004835

Meeting point: 10am in Lacona parking lot

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: all ages

Free of charge



Capraia Island- How to clean fish

Local fisherman teach visitors how to clean and fillet fish. Sign up at the Pro Loco at phone number: 0586-905138 or else send email to prolocoisoladicapraia.pr@tin.it  Try your hand. An aperitif will follow at the Pro Loco association. 
Meeting point: the harbor at 10am



FRIDAY APRIL 27


Eastern Elba  – Mineral Trekking along the old railway
Thanks to the guides from Caput Liberum, we will visit the Cantiere del Vallone via the Innamorata, giving visitors a chance to pick up samples of copper and iron. A visit to the “Museo della Vecchia Officina” and tastings of traditional schiaccia briaca from the area will be offered. 
Meeting point: parking lot Innamorata beach: 2pm

Duration: 5 hours

Difficulty: medium-easy

Cost: 3 euros


SATURDAY APRIL 28
Western Elba – Botanical trekking – Valle di Pomonte

This excursion focuses on the valley of Pomonte, which opens to the south of Monte Capanne. We will travel along an old road and explore the thick and lush Mediterranean plant life. Bring a bag lunch. 
For information: Pelagos, tel. +39 320 0383611

Meeting point: 9am at the piazza in front of the Pomonte Church

Difficulty level: medium-difficult

Duration: 6 hours

Free of charge 



Isola di Capraia – Island Living
A walk through the town with the Pro Loco of the Island.
For information: 
tel. +39 0586 905138 or email prolocoisoladicapraia.pr@tin.it 

Free of charge



SUNDAY APRIL 29


Eastern Elba – The heart of the Earth

Mineral trekking at the mine of Ginevro with guides from Caput Liberum. Visit the tunnels of Ginevro (6 meters below sea level) where you may find examples of iron minerals. Bus journey back to town. 
For information: Loriana Puccini tel. +39 0565 935492, cell. +39 393 9059583 
Meeting point: 9am in Piazza del Cavatore – Capoliveri 

Duration: 5 hours

Difficulty level: medium-easy

Cost: 5.00 euros


Eastern Elba – The Ring of Ematite
Participants will travel along the path that goes from the ex-mineral cave to the Rio Marina using the Nordic walking method, with special guides and Nordic Walking coach, Evi Gürtler. Bring a bag lunch. 
For info: cell. +39 328 7334361

Meeting point: 10:30am in front of the Hotel Rio of Rio Marina
Duration: 4.5 hours

Difficulty: medium-easy

Free of charge
 
EASTERN Elba – Herbal trekking
Crossing through the town we will walk to the Lavatoi, where we use artisanal soap obtained from wild plants. Information will be given on how to dry, conserve, and make tinctures with wild plants. The journey continues on to the Eremo of Santa Caterina, via Monte Strega and Monte Capannelo. Guided by Giacomo Cardoni, herb specialist and environmental guide.
cell. +39 320 0383611.
Meeting Point: 3:00pm in the main square of Rio, Elba

Difficulty: medium

Duration: 5 hours (including breaks for explanations)
Free of charge
 
Western Elba  – ART IN THE PARK – Art Whispers and Nature Listens
The association of Isola Etica invites you to the opening of the Happiness Festival. 
Travel from La Conca – La Cala – La Conca surrounded by nature and along the shoreline, where plants have now covered an area that was once vineyards, where only a few shovels remain. We leave from Conca on path 31, cross the woods and pass over an ancient roman bridge. Four artists, who contributed to the installation of the project “Art in nature on the Island of Elba” will accompany us on the discovery of an outdoor art gallery with no walls. The works, created with biodegradable materials, are part of the vital cycle of nature. Everything is designed to be celebrated as it decays, and its imminent disappearance has the nature of poetry. We continue to the Cala and enter into a splendid coastal area which is dotted with homes. Circular route. 
For information and reservations: Casa del Parco di Marciana “Fortezza Pisana”, tel. +39 0565 901030 or cell Guida Ambientale Federica Ferrini +39 348 7039374

Meeting Point: 2pm at Conca, località Maciarello    

Duration: 4 hours

Difficulty: Medium

Free of charge



Capraia Island – The Spring of Sound

Musical therapy with the sounds, fragrances, and colors of Capraia, at the early hours of the day. Breakfast at Azienda Agricola “Valle di Portovecchio”. 
All information: Pro Loco 
Departure at dawn at 6am at the Church of Assunta in the harbor 

Fee: 7.00 euros per person



MONDAY APRIL 30
Eastern Elba  – Mineral Trekking along the old railway

Thanks to the guides from Caput Liberum, we will visit the Cantiere del Vallone via the Innamorata, giving visitors a chance to pick up samples of copper and iron. A visit to the “Museo della Vecchia Officina” and tastings of traditional schiaccia briaca from the area will follow. 
Meeting point: parking lot Innamorata beach: 2pm

Duration: 5 hours

Difficulty: medium-easy

Cost: 3 euros

    

Capraia Island  – a visit to the old prison
Marshal Paolo Guarente will guide us through this ex-prison.

Meeting point: 9:30am at the entrance to the ex-penal colony.
Duration: 3 hours

Difficulty: easy

Free of charge 

TUESDAY MAY 1
Eastern Elba – Discovering the Tower of Jove
This itinerary focuses on the old watchtower, which was once used as a lookout and to protect the islanders from attack. From here you can enjoy a splendid panorama of the Piombino channel, with the islands of Palmaiola and Cerboli in the distance, before returning to Rio Alto. 
Meeting point: 10am with car at the Casa del Parco “Franco Franchini” in Rio on Elba, loc. I Lavatoi (tel. +39 0565 943399 or cell Guida Parco Cinzia Battaglia +39 347 3520986)

Difficulty: medium 

Duration: 4 hours 

Free of charge

Giglio Island – A Holiday for workers, walkers and eaters of baccelli and pecorino
Accompanied by Park Guide Marina Aldi 
 (cell. +39 328 0244996), Let’s discover some of the most beautiful parts of the island. Bring a bag lunch. In the afternoon  we will reach Giglio Castle where the pro Loco will welcome us with baccelli, pecorino and local Ansonaco. 
Meeting point: 10am in Piazza Gloriosa in Giglio Castello

Difficulty: medium

Duration: 6 hours (including breaks and explanations)



Capraia Island  – Cala dello Zurletto
Following the pleasant path of Reganico, we will discover the Cala dello Zurletto, while learning about typical flora and fauna of the Meditteranean.
For information: Francesca Uluhogian cell. +39 339 3670805

Meeting Point: piazza Milano in town

Duration: 3 hours

Difficulty: easy

Free of charge