Fortunately torrid heat is not normal on the Island of Elba; on the contrary, the sea breeze helps to maintain a mild temperature, thus making it a perfect place for holidays even for those who have small children. It must be said, however, that in August the temperature can sometimes reach 29-30░, and in this case, if you find spending a day on the beach too hot and tiring for you, we have prepared a list of places where you will be able to relax and feel much cooler.
Without a doubt the coolest place on the Island of Elba is Monte Capanne; at 1019 metres it is the highest peak on the island and in the whole province of Livorno. Always take a sweatshirt with you if you go, but above all don't forget your camera: from the top you can see the whole Tuscan Archipelago, as well as Corsica and the Tuscan coastline.
Another place you can go if you want to avoid the heat is the Madonna del Monte Sanctuary, above the small town of Marciana. To be honest, Napoleon went there to the hermitage right next to the tiny church many times in August 1814; here, with his beloved Maria Walewska, he spent three days of absolute bliss.
Many paths for trekking start off at Madonna del Monte and go right across the western part of the island; although the first part is completely in the shade, this kind of walk is obviously to be avoided when it is very hot...in any case the short, first part will give you a good idea of the beauty of the Island of Elba's ever changing nature.
Monte Perone is also in the western part of the island, but on the opposite side of Madonna del Monte. If you go through Poggio and take the steep road for Marina di Campo, you can stop in the picnic area on your right: from there, just follow a shaded path that is also easy to walk along, called the "Butterfly Sanctuary",so called because the variety of surroundings and flowers attracts many different species of butterflies.
Another pleasant walk is along the path that leads to the Monserrato Spanish Sanctuary. It is not as high up as the other places we have suggested, but the tiny church is surrounded by rugged peaks, similar to those of the Dolomites, where you will probably see wild goats and moufflons.