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The nature and history of Italy's third largest island have been interwoven over the centuries, creating an extraordinary variety of environments and cultures.
A walk of just a few kilometres leads from the sea to the mountains. Visitors can view the remains of an upland Etruscan fortress and then bathe from a small beach just a few hundred metres away, while remembering that more than 2000 years ago, that tree-covered islet just off the shore served as a jetty for Roman merchant vessels.
No other Mediterranean island can offer a granite mountain more than 1000 metres high and, just 2 hours' walk away, one of Europe's most interesting mining zones. Anyone visiting our island for the first time will be amazed at how the scene suddenly changes around a bend in the road. The impression is that its complex geological nature has shaped all the rest, and in fact that is exactly what has happened.
Of course, to discover its real nature, visitors must look beyond the island's busy holiday industry. One of the best ways is to explore it on foot. However, walking does not have to be a strenuous affair; rather, it should be seen as a way of becoming part of the environment being explored. On Elba, a walk of just a few kilometres, enjoyed at a slow pace, looking and listening, will lead to a thousand discoveries.
We also suggest that visitors come to Elba in the quieter autumn, winter and spring months, to explore microcosms based on delicate equilibriums: historic, culture and natural values now at risk of being forgotten.