The World of Granite

Campo nell'Elba
The World of Granite

A journey to discover the millennial use of granite rock

Starting from the village of San Piero, a small hamlet located in a panoramic position behind Marina di Campo, a trail to discover the millennial use of granite rock on the southern slope of Mt. Capanne. From the modern quarries, where some stonemasons still remain who work the granite as their grandparents did, the route winds through the essences of the Mediterranean scrub, such as Cisto Marino, Ginestra , Lavender, always with a privileged panoramic view of the islands on the southern side of the archipelago, Giglio, Montecristo, Pianosa, and in the distance even the mountainous reliefs of Corsica. Passing by the mill of Moncione, evidence of the rural past of the area, where cereals and chestnuts were ground, and then by the "ancient quarries," a place of workmanship from the Roman era, where we can still see the various stages of workmanship of the columns that departed from here to adorn the monuments of ancient Rome, we will descend to the beach of Cavoli, with its crystal-clear water, an ideal place for a break before embarking on the last stretch towards the return to San Piero, all always surrounded by a spectacular panorama of the islands of the archipelago.





Estimated duration

126 minutes


7.8 km

Recommended departure

8-11 | 15-18

Look at the track

Explore the 360-degree path

Mines of Rio Marina

Strategic location for the large amount of hematite and limonite immediately identified by the emperor as soon as he landed on the island as a strategic-military axis.

Location: Rio Marina

Paolina Beach

The beach is named after the islet a few meters from the shore, itself named after Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister who, according to a legend (probably created by a tourism entrepreneur in the 1960s) loved to sunbathe on these rocks.

Location: Marciana

San Martino Villa

Designated as a summer residence, Napoleon purchased the property from the Manganaro family in 1814, with the intention of transforming it into a comfortable and refined abode that would have nothing to envy from Parisian residences.

Location: Località San Martino (Portoferraio)

Mulini Villa

Built in 1724 by Grand Duke Gaston de’ Medici, it was Napoleon’s city residence during his first stay on Elba Island.

Location: Portoferraio

Sanctuary of Monserrato

It was built as a sign of gratitude in 1606 by José Pons y León of the Dukes of Arcos, Spanish governor of Naples and first governor of the square of Longone (part of the state of principals). In September 1814 Napoleon, accompanied by Pons and Bertrand wanted to visit the sanctuary.

Location: Località Monserrato (Portoazzurro)

MUM Mineralogical Museum

While the Elban economy today is based on tourism, the fact remains that the people of San Piero and the west coast (Pomonte) have also lived and continue to live off their granite and marble

Location: San Piero in Campo

Port and Tower of Marciana Marina

Visit the harbor where Maria Walewska landed and the armed watchtower visited by Napoleon himself in 1814

Location: Marciana Marina