According to the legend, the Tuscan Archipelago came from a string of pearls that Venus, goddess of beauty and love, was wearing round her neck. When it broke and fell into the Tirreno sea, the pearls gave origin to the islands. Over the centuries, the nature and history of Italy's third largest island have mingled together, giving us the incredible variety of environments and culture Elba has to offer today.
Even by walking only a few kilometres, you can start off at the sea and find yourself in the mountains. You can be visiting the remains of an Etruscan fortress and then, after walking only a few hundred metres, find yourself swimming in the sea, only to realize that the shaded rock near the beach you are looking at, was used by the Romans for loading their ships more than two thousand years ago.
On no other Mediterranean island are you able to see a granite mountain more than 1000 metres high, then, only two hours away, see one of the world's most interesting mining areas.
Whoever goes to the Island of Elba for the first time is always very surprised at how you just need to go round a bend and be faced with an unexpected and completely different landscape. Seemingly, its complex, geographical origins have brought about everything else, and if you think about it this can be the only explanation. If you want to see the Elba's true, innermost beauty, you mustn't consider the island solely from a tourist point of view, and the best way to do this is by discovering it on foot.
Going trekking means taking part in the evironment you are walking through. Even just a short, slow walk, with your senses alert, will fill your heart and soul with joy. And if you decide to go to Elba during the quieter Autumn or Winter or Spring months, you will discover microcosms based on delicate balances; historical, cultural and natural values so often forgotten today.
We are certain the excursions we suggest, with the sea below and the sky above, won't only present you with new discoveries, but will also be a way to enrich your knowledge in one of the Mediterranean's most suggestive land and sea scapes.
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