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Bagnaia - Rio nell'Elba

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RIO ELBA (200 m) - LE PANCHE (327 m) - MONTE CAPANNELLO (496 m) - MONTE STREGA (427 m) - S.CATERINA (268 m) - TORRE GIOVE (352 m) - RIO ELBA (200 m)

Total climb: 380 m. - Duration: 3-4 hours - Rating: "E"

The walk starts from Rio nell’Elba at 200 m. above sea level. This is a typical mining village and, here, you can visit a museum (called “Gente di Rio”) which hosts a noteworthy exhibition of Elba’s minerals. The walk leaves the village from a castle gate, the trail goes towards the Volterraio and continues on an unpaved road uphill until reaching Le Panche, where it crosses the Provincial Road of Portoferraio. From this point, you can decide either to make a detour to visit the Castle of Volterraio, a fascinating fortress that was never conquered, or continue and reach the summit of Mount Capannello (496 m.), which is easily identified by its military aerial.

From this point to the descent from Mount Strega (427 m.), there is a beautiful view to admire. In fact, the walk goes along an easy track on a ridge where you can see the southern and the northern coastlines of the island. As you descend down Mount Strega along a steep trail you will return on the Provincial Road. Walk along this road for a few hundred meters until you come across an unpaved road that goes to the hermitage of Santa Caterina. It is a small church that is used today as an international cultural center; in its garden you can admire a very rare species of ancient rose bushes.

By walking north past the hermitage, you will come across a small track – it can be difficult to spot – it leads to the old ruins of country houses; from there, the track descends toward the Provincial Road. After crossing the Provincial Road, the itinerary continues uphill to the Fortress of Giove - Romantic ruins dating back to the middle of the 14th century. From this point, Rio nell’Elba is four kilometers away and it may be reached on foot along the Provincial Road; in fact, although it is a normal road, not many cars pass by and it is a good chance to see some geological formations.
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