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Biking on the island of lifers

Page Type: Trail

Location: Livorno, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 42.58285°N / 10.08239°E

Trail Type: Cross Country

County: Tuscany

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Aerobic Difficulty: Easy

Layout: Loop

Elevation Gain: 98 ft / 30 m

Length: 15.0 Mi / 24.2 Km

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Created/Edited: Jun 21, 2013 / Jun 22, 2013

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Pianosa Island

The Island
The island of Pianosa and the sea, for the development of a nautical mile, are part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park since 1996.

It isthe fifth largest among the seven islands of the Archipelago.
Distance from Marina di Campo, to which the municipality belongs Island, about 14 km, which are covered with the ship in about 35 minutes.

Pianosa has an area of 10.2 square kilometers and maximum altitude is 29 m., Has a perimeter of 26 km.

The island is flat and its formation is made up of sedimentary rocks.
In the coastal part the vegetation consists mainly of scrub juniper, mastic, cistus.

Getting There

To reach Elba Island is possible by car (motorway Turin-Genua then Genua-Livorno-Piombino) or by Plane with flights from Pisa airport: "Galieo Galilei" (connections to major European cities)

A motorboat shuttle starts from the port of Marina di Campo in the morning and after 35 minutes it land in Pianosa with bikes.

The Map

Visualizza Pianosa in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori

The Trail

Or with the bike or the Gig!
The Cig
Surrounded by a sea incredibly transparent and full of life, we begin to pedal more light on the Island of the archipelago. We visit the small harbor elegant in its simplicity and the village has been abandoned, with the buildings eroded by the salt that makes it even more impressive and mysterious country.
After passing in front of the aristocratic villa agronomist, with bikes cross the door of the prison, visiting the facilities and cultivate the abandoned former agricultural colony, in this area we find many red partridges, pheasants and hares introduced on the Island over two centuries ago when it was Pianosa private hunting reserve of the Grand Duke of Tuscany.

Flat, really flat!

Cycling along easy paths admire the beautiful stone walls that characterize the island and reach the castle of the Marquis, elegant building built on the summit north of the island and used in the course of his fictional story to multiple uses; below us the beautiful bay of Gulf of the Marquis, whose crystal clear waters are enhanced by crumbly white rocks that mark the boundaries.

Happy Wife.

Returning to the south along the west coast once it reaches the Gulf of Cask go to visit the old wash houses and the Roman aqueduct.
Our excursion continues along the beautiful coastline Pianosina (where we can admire numerous seabirds among which the Cory's shearwater) wrapped in the intense scents of the Mediterranean.

Starting Point.

Continuing observe the guard towers built at the time of supercarcere, then go back inside where Pianosa gives the feeling of being able to reach both the Elbe that Corsica by bike because the territory plate and slightly raised above sea level prevents us from seeing the coast.

1 flat tire per kilometer!

After riding between spectacular cliffs eroded by the sea (which tell us about the geological structure of the island friable) and lush pine forests, passing in front of the famous "section Agrippa" (supercarcere) return to the country, and after visiting the ruins of the villa of Agrippa we finish the hike on the beach of Cala Giovanna only place where bathing is permitted to Pianosa.

In Short

Altitude: 30 m.

Length: 24.0 km

Walking time: 3 hours

Surface: gravel

Bike in Summer.

Red Tape

Following the resolution commissioner N ° 109 of 30 May 2005 can access up to 350 daily visitors to the Island, the ferry line that comes every Tuesday may land up to 150 tourists per day, each visitor with the exception of residents, shall pay to the Park the amount of 6.00 euro which will half the Campo nell'Elba and half to the Park of the Tuscan Archipelago.

All tours must be made exclusively with a Park Guide or Nature Guide is in the area of the country within the former penal colony.


Or with the bike or the Gig!Red Tape1 flat tire per kilometer!Halfway.Starting Point.Flat, really flat!Happy Wife.