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«Footpath 100, which winds along the ridges of the highest peaks of the island, has given me unforgettable sensations!» The photographer Roberto Ridi tells us, accompanying us along the beautiful path full of colours; and continues: «The journey starts from a large area of pinewood with facilities at Monte Perone, close to the provincial road S.Ilario-Poggio, and continues along a stretch of the 105/GTE, also known as “the butterfly trail” and part of the Gran Traversata Elbana (Great Elba Traverse), and climbs steeply to a junction, near Monte Maolo. Here, turning left towards Le Calanche, marks the beginning of Footpath 100.
“The link between Napoleon and the Island of Elba, where the Emperor stayed for 9 months during his first exile, is well known; there are many places designated as official residences in Portoferraio. However, a visit to the fascinating eighteenth-century house, Casetta Drouot, reopened in 2014 on the occasion of the Bicentennial, is an opportunity to learn more about the man”.
“I’d never have thought that you could surf the waves around Elba, but this island is so beautiful and full of surprises,” says Simona Marotta.
Simona, a keen sportswoman and avid reader, discovered surfing ten years ago when her son Francis began under the guidance of Davide, a pioneer of the sport on Elba.
Thanks to the varied geological formation of the Island of Elba, the beaches offer a wide range of types from fine sand and white pebbles to the sparkling shores of the mining area.
Capoliveri, Caput Liberum as it was once called, is the island’s, and perhaps even Tuscany’s, champion for popular festivals.
This is largely due to the creativity expressed by Michelangelo Venturini, an all-round entrepreneur, painter and social artist, who helped to found three important initiatives that take place every year in this wonderful hillside town.
«The old town of Marciana, with its many streets and buildings still intact, is acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful medieval towns of the Tuscan archipelago and has inspired the creation of a unique, fun and enthralling theatrical production: Marciana in the Sixteenth Century
This is an innovative guide to dining on Elba and includes the best restaurants on the island as selected by a team of experts in the hotel and gastronomy profession. The guide is available both in paper and digital format, in English and in Italian, and is updated annually.
During the spring and especially the summer season, the island has many opportunities to hear music; town and village squares and bars and restaurants become venues for evening performances by young local artists, singers, musicians and bands.
“Elba Gravity Park is a wonderful, natural park with all the variety and features mountain bike enthusiasts love. There is a network of well-groomed, well sign-posted trails,” says Dario Scattu, President of Gravity Park. “The beautiful, natural setting covers quite a large area…
“The Capoliveri Bike Park has 5 routes departing from the town of Capoliveri and covering the Calamita promontory,” says Maurizio Melis, President of the Capoliveri Bike Park. “We are talking about a maze of paths that can be travelled along by bicycle, of various levels of difficulty, crossing the length and breadth of the promontory…
A new way of learning about the history, origins and culture of Elba is to participate in a historical re-enactment, produced by the Historiae Cultural Association. Elba a location well suited for reconstructing famous moments from the past, thanks to the presence of significant architectural remains from very different periods in history…
“Donkeys are adorable animals, because as well as being of great help in transporting heavy weights, they are docile, well-behaved animals with a peaceful and light-hearted nature, especially in the normal rhythm of our everyday life,” says Luca Giusti, an environmental guide and excursionist whose Somareria dell’Elba has made donkey trekking possible on Elba.
The sea is the main attraction of Elba, be it for its colours or simply for its relaxing charisma, or even for its innumerable therapeutic properties. This is why we call it “the large marine aerosol”.
This is a short review of the best new hotels on Elba, hotels or B & Bs that have recently modernized their furnishings or expanded their facilities in full compliance with local environmental protection regulations. They are the brainchild of experienced architects and designers, who have been able to combine maximum comfort with the characteristic passion for beautiful things that Italians have.
Federica Ferrini is well known on the island of Elba and is appreciated as one of the most expert environmental guides from the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. Passionate about all aspects of Elba, as well as nature in general, she’ll lead us on one of the most beautiful hiking excursions on the island.
“Overall, the trail is well marked,” – says Roberto Ridi, one of the most respected photographers of the natural wonders of Elba, as he shares his experiences of the places that have always impressed him the most. “I wouldn’t say it’s difficult but it is quite long. And the walk is a very pleasant experience.