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The island of Elba, the Pearl of Tuscany

Self-guided or guided tour of the island of Elba


Presentation of your trip

Starting in Portoferraio, where Napoleon landed in 1814, a complete tour of the magnificent and surprising island of Elba awaits you! From East to West, without forgetting the southern point or the north, this route takes you along beautiful trails to discover the island’s landscapes, passing by the noteworthy Monte Capanne, the highlight of your week (1019m). From up high, you can take in the contours of the neighbouring island: Corsica!

Every evening you will stay on the seafront, where you can enjoy a rest on the beautiful sandy beaches. 

Within the Tuscan archipelago, Elba is nicknamed ‘The Italian Pearl’; According to legend, when the necklace of Venus broke, the pearls scattered in the sea, creating the island of Elba! This nickname suits the island beautifully, with so many dazzling things to discover!

7 days of discovery, with frequent changes of scenery across the island; every corner merits a moment of admiration!

  • DestinationItaly
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip7 days and 6 nights
  • ActivitiesHiking
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details


  • The variety of landscapes : sea and mountains.
  • The soft and gentle Mediterranean spirit of Italy and Tuscany.
  • The complete tour of this magical island.
  • The ascent of Monte Capanne, Accommodation with is always within reach of the water for daily dips in the sea

Complementary informations

  • 7 days 6 nights including 5 or 6 days of hiking


  • Day 1


    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Arrival in Portoferraio by ferry. Night in Portoferraio, on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

  • From Cavo to Porto Azzurro

    • Distance : 17 km
    • Duration : 5h30
    • Elevation gain : 820 m
    • Negative gradient : 820 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

     Choice of hikes: either from Cavo to Porto Azzurro 17km 5h30 Altitude Difference : +820m -820m or from Rio Nell Elba to Porto Azzurro : 10km 3h30 Altitude Difference: +435m -600m

    Transfer by bus to Cavo. It is from there that you start your tour of the island of Elba on foot. From this charming seafront village, you gain altitude, climbing up to reach Monte Grosso. Next, a sequence of small peaks and summits until you reach the Cima del Monte, the highest point of this stage (483m). During the descent, you will pass by the Madonna di Monserrato monastery before arriving in Porto Azzurro on the seafront. Night on a half-board basis in Porto Azzurro. 

  • Day 3

    Loop around Capoliveri

    • Distance : 26 km
    • Duration : 7
    • Elevation gain : 830 m
    • Negative gradient : 665 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

     Loop around Capoliveri, via Monte Calamita and the Costa dei Gabbiani.
    18km 5h30 Altitude Difference : +675m -675m Possibility to shorten the route by 4km and -400m of positive altitude gains during the stage.
    Transfer by taxi to Capoliveri.
    From the charming village of Capoliveri, you will head to the southernmost point of the island, the Costa dei Gabbiani, via a trail overlooking the sea. If you look carefully to the west, Corsica will slowly come into view!
    In the second part of the stage, the route climbs up over beautiful red landscapes until you reach Monte Calamita (398m), the summit of the day. From here you re-descend to arrive back in Capoliveri.

    Return transfer by bus to Porto Azzurro to take advantage of the beach. Night on a half-board basis in Porto Azzurro

  • Day 4

    From Lacona to Marina Di Campo

    • Distance : 19 km
    • Duration : 6h
    • Elevation gain : 660 m
    • Negative gradient : 660 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Transfer by taxi from Porto Azzurro to Lacona.

    Departing from Lacona, your itinerary offers you the option to take a tour of Capo della Stella, before following the length of the beach of Lacona and then gaining altitude, without ever losing sight of the sea. From Monte Fonza (271m), a descent takes you back to sea level and a small, isolated beach, from where you will walk along the coast before arriving at the Marina di Campo, where you can enjoy the beautiful beach. 

    Night on a half-board basis at Marina di Campo.

  • Day 5

    From Poggio to Pomonte

    • Distance : 12 km
    • Duration : 5h30
    • Elevation gain : 775 m
    • Negative gradient : 1080 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Transfer by bus from Marina di Campo to Poggio.

    Today, a short stage in terms of kilometres awaits you. But be warned, today you are going to climb the highest peak on the island: Monte Capanne (1019m)! You will access the mountains via a pretty climb through the forest which then opens up, allowing you to admire a view over the splendid countryside. You then descend progressively towards Pomonte, passing along a ridge and by Monte Cenno, with the magnificent contours of Corsica within

     sight. Night in Pomonte on a half-board basis.

  • Day 6

    From Pomonte to Marciana Marin

    • Distance : 17 km
    • Duration : 5h30
    • Elevation gain : 790 m
    • Negative gradient : 790 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Option : Monte Giove +200m of positive altitude gains.

    Setting off from the small village of Pomonte, the route runs along the seafront before rising towards the Colle di Sane Bartolemeo, with Corsica behind you. Passing initially through open land then entering the forest, you hike along virtually empty paths to the foot of Monte Giove (804m, optional climb), before descending towards the pretty village of Marciana. You can then continue down through the maquis (Mediterranean vegetation) to reach the beach at Marciana Marina.

    Night on a half-board basis in Marciana Marina.

  • Day 7

    From Marciana Marina to Portoferraio (optional)

    • Distance : 19 km
    • Duration : 5h
    • Elevation gain : 620 m
    • Negative gradient : 620 m

    Starting from the very pretty seaside village of Marciana Marina, this stage takes you initially to the heights,  through a beautiful forest remnant of Corsica, before a sequence of short climbs and descents leads you to the small seafront village of Procchio. You then continue along footpaths through the maquis, linking several small coves, before crossing through a final beautiful forest and descending back down towards Portoferraio, the final point of your hike on the island of Elba.

    OR transfer by bus between Marciana Marina and Portoferraio and end of trip.

    Optional extra night in Portoferraio.

  • End of trip

Travel conditions

  • Food

    This is not the time to go on a diet! Instead, it is an opportunity to taste local cuisine and specialities. The quality of your food is paramount and we take great care to ensure a good dietary balance, sufficient calorie intake and that each meal includes local specialities.You will eat in the hotel.

    Picnics (for lunch) are not included.

  • Luggage

    Carrying is limited to business of the day and picnic. Luggage is carried by vehicle. Please allow 1 bag per person, maximum 15kg/bag.

  • Key information and support

    Self-guided formula :

    You can go on your own, as a couple, with your family or with friends. We'll look after your accommodation, meals, luggage transfer and group.
    You have a good experience of hiking. From one stage to the next, you follow the maps and detailed digital roadbook that we have carefully prepared for you.
    Going on your own means hiking lightly, at your own pace, and taking full advantage of the pleasures of nature without worrying about the logistics of your stay. It also means being free to interpret and imagine what the landscapes have to say.

    With guide :

    LaRébenne mountain guides are there to enlighten you on the elements that surround you and that give life to the mountains. The love and know the environment in which they work with you. They will allow you to better understand the natural environment, the history, the life of the mountain inhabitants and the relation between man and nature….LaRébenne guides are here to share their passion with you.

  • Accommodation

    In double bedrooms in comfortable ** or *** hotels (subject to availability) on a half-board basis except the first day in Portoferraio (B&B basis).

    The hotels offer a good level of comfort. You sleep in single or double bedrooms with a private bathroom. Sheets and towels are provided.

  • Attendees

    From 2 people for the self-guided option

    From 6 people for the accompanied option



  • Options

    Additional night at the end of your stay in Portoferraio: please contact us.

  • Difficulty level

    An average of 5 to 6 hours of walking per day, with positive altitude differences of 620 to 830m max.
    You are in good physical condition and you are prepared to hike for several days.


    Meet on the first day in Portoferraio.

    How to get there :

    By car : Coming from France, head to Piombino (Toscane) via the E80. Take the ferry (1 hour crossing).
    By train : Piombino Marittima train station.
    By plane : Pisa Airport then train to Piombino then ferry, or Marina di Campo Airport (on the island) but very few connections.

Dates and price


Low season: April, May, September, October and November.

Mid season: June and July: supplement 120€.

High season: August: supplement 250€.

Free departure from

Price TTC per person

Freedom package with luggage transfer by cab - hotel
Registration at 2 people750
Registration at 3 people730
Registration at 4 people690
Registration at 6 people660
Package with qualified guide and luggage transfer - double room
Registration at 6 people895
Registration at 8 people860


  • Additional night at the end of your stay in Portoferraio: please contact us.
  • Single room supplement: €140/person

The price includes

  • Accommodation on Day 1 on B&B basis (night and breakfast)
  • Accommodation on a half-board basis from dinner on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 7
  • Luggage transfers 
  • Transfers by taxi as planned during the trip
  • Maps with the marked route, map holder
  • Detailled LaRébenne TopoGuide

The price does not include

  • Bus transfers (€2.50/ticket)
  • Ferry crossing
  • Dinner on Day 1
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Return transfer to the departure point
  • Parking

The destination

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