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Elba >> Marciana
 
  The Beaches
Located on the slants of Mount Capanne at 375 meters altitude, Marciana is a very ancient settlement that probably dates back to the Roman era. The winding road that climb the hillsides, through chestnut woods, is well worth facing to be able to enjoy the marvelous view over Marciana Marina and the village Poggio. The Marciana area started flourishing in the Middle Ages and later became the seat of the Appians whose residence can still be visited and is well kept. A simple walk through the narrow streets of Marciana can be much appreciated, winding through arches, flower ornated balconies and the typical houses settled on the slopes of the hill. The stairs are pitiless, but it is worth the effort once you reach the picturesque corners of the village and get to enjoy the breath-taking views from the village' squares.
Marciana also guards a considerable historic, architectonic and artistic patrimony. Worth visiting is the great Pisan Fortress that offered shelter to the people of Marciana during invasions, the Archeological Museum at Palazzo Pretorio and the San Lorenzo church. A path that in less than an hour by foot allows you to reach the Madonna del Monte Sanctuary, takes off from the Pisana Fortress. At only three kilometers from Marciana you get to the absolutely charming and chestnut-wood surrounded village Poggio that still preserves narrow medieval alleys where driving is strictly forbidden. From Poggio, nearby the cemetery, you come on to a narrow countryside lane which in about 40 minutes takes you to the Romitorio (Hermitage) di San Cerbone, while a carriage road bordered with chestnut trees leads you to the Fonti di Napoleone. Numerous paths starting from Marciana will allow nature lovers to discover Mount Capanne that with its more than 1000 meters altitude is the highest top on the island. If you would like to immerge into Imperial history, take on to the road that runs along Punta della Zanca and get down to the Faro (lighthouse) di Punta Polveraia where you can sight a rock known as the Sedia di Napoleone (Napoleons' chair) where it is said the nostalgic emperor contemplated his beautiful Corsica.

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