monte Capanne

The woods on the North-Western coast

Discovering mountainous trails


Total climb: 450 m.
Duration: 4 ½ hours
Rating: ‘E’

This walk starts from Marciana, an ancient medieval village which can be easily reached by bus (ATL). The Parish Church of Santa Caterina is the trail’s starting point. From the Lorena medieval gate, you enter the old town’s center. This walk takes you along narrow alleys where you can appreciate balconies full of flowers. As you continue down the road, houses and streets will be replaced by chestnut trees. The area’s chestnut wood extends 500 meters above sea level and it goes all the way to the Hermitage of San Cerbone. It is said that the saint found shelter here during the 6th century in efforts to escape persecution by Gummarith, duke of the Lombards. Its small church was built a few centuries later (15th century).
You will reach San Cerbone after about 40 minutes, following the trail that leads south-west.
From the Hermitage, after a 20/30 minute climb, you will reach the ‘A’ fork. You should continue by following the route at the same altitude, going north-west. The trail features Mediterranean bush and myriad views of sensational landscapes. At this point, the itinerary winds along on level ground following the rocky slopes of Mount Capanne; if you are lucky, among the granite stones you might see sedentary moufflons and red partridges, or view the majestic flight of buzzards as they hunt for small mammals. During the springtime, this trail is characterized by fragrant flowers typical of the Mediterranean bush while beautiful orchids and violets also color the landscape in an unusual way.
The sea is also visible from the more internal trails.
After an hour’s walk, you’ll reach the Pedalta Valley and from here, cross a forest of pine and chestnut trees, to find the ‘B’ fork. Climbing upwards, its just a short walk before you reach a summit. On very clear days, you can see the islands of Corsica and Capraia to the west and central and eastern Elba to the east. Before ending the excursion, you should stop for a visit at the great Pisan Fortress (12th century) and nearby, you’ll find the Marciana Historical Center and the Antiquarium where interesting pre-Roman findings are exhibited.

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