Today we start our adventure on the Island of Elba. We have a short transfer to the ferry terminal at Piombino, then we can relax and enjoy the 1-hour sail across the channel to Elba, spotting other islands in the Tuscan Archipelago, and Corsica further in the distance.
You’ll arrive in the hustle and bustle of Portoferraio, but we’ll soon leave that behind as we drive inland to the start point of our first of two island rides.
Nature and history co-habit amicably here on Elba, with ancient fortresses and more recent remnants of the mining industry peppering the mountains and bays of the island. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled here on Elba between 1814 and 1815, when he was, briefly, sovereign of the island before escaping back to France.
We’ll be riding above Capoliveri, using our E-MTBs to follow the rugged coastline around the south of the Island, we’ll climb high above the town to reach the trails that take you through the long-forgotten mine trail networks that cross the island.
Spectacular views across turquoise waters will accompany you for most of this ride, contrasting with the deep red of the earth beneath your tyres, stopping off in hamlets that dot the landscape throughout this landscape.
As we finish off our ride at our island accommodation for the night, we can settle down to a glass of wine while watching the sun set on another perfect mountain biking day in Tuscan heaven.