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Grande Traversata Elbana — from the mountains to the sea

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Grande Traversata Elbana — from the mountains to the sea

Hiking Collection by Marika Abbà

6

Tours

34:56 h

63.9 mi

15,275 ft

The Grande Traversata Elbana (GTE) is a route that crosses the entire island of Elba from one end to the other. It starts in Cavo and ends in Pomonte or Patresi. You can divide it into three or four stages, depending on your fitness and the time available. In this Collection, you’ll find two adventures: the first, lasting three days, includes an overnight stay in the picturesque Procchio and ends in Pomonte; the second, on the other hand, touches on the fascinating Marina di Campo, stops in the medieval village of Poggio and ends in the peaceful Patresi. You can see the full route of the last option at this link: komoot.com/tour/819268767.

Elba is the third largest Italian island; it’s predominantly mountainous and hilly, enriched by gulfs, inlets and small enchanting bays. You’ll touch the island's highest peaks and hike the slopes of Monte Capanne, the highest peak, at an impressive 1,019 metres (3,343 ft) above sea level. The sea on the horizon stretches as far as the eye can see and the narrow alleys of the small, perched villages welcome you with their unique and relaxing atmospheres. Good food is a highlight too – after all, you are in Italy and ending the stage with an excellent Mediterranean dinner is the basis of a successful trip.

The route is not to be underestimated as it shares characteristics with the Alps: rocky and slippery paths, long sunny stretches and many kilometres to grind. It’s therefore necessary that you take a pair of sturdy boots, poles to facilitate progression (especially downhill) and breathable clothing. Don't forget to carry a good supply of water with you at all times, as it’s often difficult to find along the way. Food to munch on is essential as well.

I recommend walking the Great Elban Crossing in spring or autumn, as summer’s scorching sun makes it hard to hike midday. In winter, on the other hand, many facilities may be closed and the weather is treacherous.

Remember to book accommodation or campsites for each night of the trip well in advance, as Elba is a popular island for both Italian and foreign tourists. Wild camping is prohibited as the island is part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.

You can reach the Island of Elba in about an hour by ferry from Piombino (Livorno). Cavo, the starting point of the trek, has a port, but if there’s no availability on that route, you can consider Portoferraio. From there, you can organise a private transfer or take the regular bus, number 117, operated by Autolinee Toscane to Cavo. Pomonte and Patresi are connected by bus to Portoferraio (line 116).

All that remains is for you to set off, have a good walk!

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Gran Travesía Elbana (GTE)

32.5 mi

7,375 ft

7,350 ft

Last updated: August 30, 2022

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    Stage 1: Cavo to Porto Azzurro — Great Elban Crossing

    Difficult
    06:04
    11.4 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of this exciting crossing starts from Cavo, a seaside resort with a long sandy beach. In the village there are the remains of an ancient Roman villa and the wonderful Tonietti Mausoleum, which can be reached by making a small detour from the GTE route. This place is worth a visit: it

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  • Difficult
    06:03
    12.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Say goodbye to Porto Azzurro and head towards the hill, where you will walk among Aleatico, a vine of Greek origin, much loved by both the Romans and Napoleon Bonaparte. Cultivation requires a lot of mastery and gives life to Passito DOCG, an excellence of the Island of Elba, with an intense ruby red

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  • Difficult
    05:59
    9.86 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Leave Procchio and follow the signs for Monte Perone, where you have a beautiful view of the Gulf of Procchio. In the distance, Capo d’Enfola appears, famous for the presence of an ancient tonnara.

    

    On the path leading to the mountain there are many maritime pines, which offer some shady areas where you

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  • Difficult
    07:01
    13.9 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Leave Porto Azzurro behind you and head towards the hill. Go up the steep slope surrounded by the Aleatico vines, from which Elba Aleatico Passito DOCG is obtained, a wine with an intense ruby red color perfect to combine with desserts.

    

    With an ups and downs the path leads you in the direction of Colle

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    7.22 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,550 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Leave Marina di Campo and head towards the enchanting village of Sant’Ilario, a small hamlet of Campo d’Elba located on the hill in a very panoramic point. Take some time to stroll through its narrow alleys, which ooze with history. This center still retains many features of its medieval origins. It

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    9.48 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,625 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Say goodbye to the charming Poggio and set off in the direction of Marciana, another pretty village in the Elban hinterland.

    

    Muscle awakening starts immediately with a nice climb, but don't despair, because the view will become more and more wonderful. From up there, in fact, you have a beautiful view

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    63.9 mi
  • Duration
    34:56 h
  • Elevation
    15,275 ft

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