GTE Elba Island

GTE Elba Island

A journey on foot along the most suggestive street on the Elba Island, the GTE is a route for mountain enthusiasts and lovers of breathtaking views. A trek that runs along what is defined as the westernmost front of the Apennines. Mountains of iron and granite to be discovered, pretty villages suspended between sky and sea, and the blue that dominates everything. The Grande Traversata Elbana (GTE) is a unique experience that allows the traveler to discover the island, its nature and its history through the slowness of the walker. A few suggestive detours along the way will allow us to admire the places of stories and legends of the island, where the sacred songs and dances of the ancestors still resound. Various stages will allow you to travel across the entire Elba Island through the GTE in 3 or 4 days.

At a Glance

  • Explore an hidden gem of the Mediterranean
  • 4 days of trekking

Trip Highlights

  •  The Spanish Sanctuary of Monserrato
  •  The quarries and granite columns from the Roman era
  • The hillside village of San Piero
  • The caprili, pastoral structures of western Elba
  • Borgo of Poggio
  • Hermitage of San Cerbone
  • The place of worship of the Madonna del Monte
  • Monte Strega and the view of the former iron mines
  • Hill of the ancient windmill
  • The huge granite fortress of Pietra Murata
  • The Pomonte valley
  • Trekking along the Grande Traversata Elbana (4 days)
  • Relax on the deserted beach of Fonza

What's included

  • Tickets for the ferry from Piombino to Portoferraio and from Portoferraio to Piombino
  • Accommodation in 3*** star hotel
  • Half board treatment
  • Transfers by minivan for the whole period
  • Excursion guide for 4 full days
  • Baggage medical insurance
  • RC and VAT insurance

What's not included

  • Journey from the city of origin to Piombino
  • Car parking in Piombino
  • Personal expenses and extras
  • Packed lunches and extra meals
  • Drinks
  • Single room supplement (available on request)
  • Anything that is not expressly mentioned in “services included”
6 Days
15+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
Day 1
Arrival by own means to the Port of Piombino, boarding on the ferry to Portoferraio, transfer from the port of Portoferraio to the hotel, accommodation in the rooms, dinner, overnight stay.
Day 2
First step. The Eastern Dorsal, starting from Cavo to Porto Azzurro, in an ups and downs of paths that to the East overlook the small islands of the Piombino channel, the iron mines and the Italian coast. To the west, the panorama is superb on the fortress of Volterraio, Portoferraio and the summit of the island, Monte Capanne. Leaving the evocative red rocks of the eastern ridge, we pass through olive groves and vineyards and enter the village of Porto Azzurro. Route: Cavo/Porto Azzurro - Duration: 8 hours - Length: 17.6 km - Maximum altitude 516 m - Overall height difference: 878 m
Day 3
Second stage. The Central Dorsal. Leaving the village of Porto Azzurro we will arrive as far as Marina di Campo. In addition to the wonderful panorama, Portoferraio to the north and the Gulfs of Lacona and Stella to the south, you can visit some military fortifications from the Second World War. Once we reach the summit of Monte Tambone we will be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramas of the island. We descend in the direction of Marina di Campo, surrounded by cistus, broom and rosemary plants and then end the excursion on the beautiful white sand beach. Route: Porto Azzurro/Marina di Campo – Duration: 8 hours – Length: 15.5 km – Maximum altitude: 377 m – Overall height difference: 859 m
Day 4
Third stage. The summit of Elba. Leaving the village of Marina di Campo, you will reach Monte Capanne, passing through the small village of San Piero. Surrounded by the scent of the Mediterranean bush, we will reach one of the most archaeologically important areas of the island where, in addition to the Villanovan necropolis, the ancient granite quarries from the Roman era stand out. Arriving at the summit of Monte Capanne (1019 m) we will be able to admire Elba in its entirety: the islands of Gorgona and Capraia to the north, the Italian coast to the east, the Giglio Island, Montecristo and Pianosa to the south and the great Corsica. From here you reach the medieval village of Poggio. Route: Mariana di Campo/Poggio - Duration: 7 hours - Length: 19.8 km - Maximum altitude: 1019 m - Overall height difference: 1120 m
Day 5
Fourth stage. The ancient communication route. It starts from the square of Poggio to get to Pomonte. We will reach two places of worship, the Hermitage of San Cerbone and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monte. Leaving the Satuario, continue along the path that connected Marciana to Pomonte, the panorama on the north coast of Elba is breathtaking. We descend until we reach a nice path, from which we can admire the western coast of the island from above. Flanked by terraced vineyards almost completely abandoned, you reach the small village of Pomonte. Route: Poggio/Pomonte - Duration: 8 hours - Length: 19.5 km - Maximum altitude: 748 m - Overall height difference: 750 m
Day 6
Breakfast, transfer to the port of Portoferraio and departure for Piombino in the morning.

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