By bike from Rio Elba to Cavo

From the small, quaint historic center of Rio Elba to the breathtaking seascape in Cavo

This itinerary is all on paved roads, and is therefore particularly easy and more suitable for the inexperienced biker who has little familiarity with the more difficult routes. 
Point of departure/arrival: Rio nell'Elba
Distance: 21.6 km
Duration: about 2 hours
Difficulty level: easy
Type of road: asphalt
Type of bike: mountain bike

The starting point for this route is at Rio Elba, a small, quaint village where you can also visit the museum ‘Gente di Rio’ and the Civic Archaeological Museum with its great mineral collection. Our itinerary starts from the Provincial Road that goes to Cavo. After about one kilometer, on the left and at about 200 meters from the road there is the hermitage of Santa Caterina (a small church dating back to the 13th-century, which is today an international cultural center where you may admire rare, ancient rose bushes) and the remains of the ancient Etruscan settlement of Grassera.

After about a kilometer, on the right you will see the interesting remains of the Fortress of Giove, a tower built in 1459 by the Appiani. It can be easily reached on foot uphill in 20 minutes along the track marked by the signposts. Get back on your bike and continue along the ancient, abandoned mines, which were used for extracting precious minerals, and after a gentle slope you will arrive close to Mount Grosso. From the top of Mt. Grosso (it can be reached in 40 minutes on foot), there is a beautiful view that spans from the coast of Portoferraio to as far as the Island of Elba (Capo Vita). The road then continues on towards Cavo, which is the end of this itinerary. After continuing along the sea, it returns the same way to Rio Elba.

Source: Apt Arcipelago Toscana