trekking Elba

Discovering Elba Island from north to south

Marciana (355m) - Madonna del Monte(630m) - Troppolo (692m) - Chiessi (13m)

Marciana is a small hill village with granite paved streets and narrow houses lying on a promontory in the shape of an arrow. For this itinerary leave the village from the highest part near the fortress and take the paved track that goes to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Monte.

On the way, there are the shrines of the Way of the Cross. The church courtyard is an exedra dating from the end of the 17th century and inside there is a spring of pure water flowing out in all seasons. After a stop in this sacred place continue on track number three for Chiessi.

The itinerary winds along a well-marked and wide track with very little climbing (about 100m) until it reaches "Troppolo." Along the walk there are beautiful views of the sea and the countryside. On fine days you can see clearly the islands of Capraia and Corsica. Big erratic granite boulders that seem suspended in mid-air frame this rough and changing environment. Parts of the track are bordered by old chestnut woods and small bushes of scented garrigue.

From “Troppolo” continue on track number three for about 40 - 50 minutes, mainly on the same level, until you meet track number four that leads to Pomonte.Now starts the descent towards Chiessi. There is a short detour towards Colle di San Bartolomeo to visit the only wall still standing of the church of San Bartolomeo, dating from the 12th century.

Although there are only the ruins of the outer walls and of one of its sides, the place itself and the surroundings express an essential and primitive religiousness such as may have been that of the people that once attended it. Once back on the main track, continue downhill through ancient terracing and small vegetable gardens, and in about an hour you will be at sea level, possibly at sunset, to see the sun going down behind the island of Corsica.
 
Arcipelago Toscana Tourist Information Office
Total Climb: 340m - 680m
Duration: 6 hours
Rating: "E"
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