Marciana Medievale and Madonna del Monte: between history and nature
- Published: 1 September 2015
- Category: Events
The Tuscany Walking Festival is the event attended bythousands of trekking lovers every year, the event that will let you discover some of the most remote places in Elba Island. And in its rich program there’s also an excursion that will let you discover the story of Marciana: it’s the Marciana Medievale and the Madonna del Monte.
This stroll to discover the medieval soul of Marciana is totally free. It will be held on 4th October 2015 and it will take about 4 hours. The meeting point is Casa del Parco Marciata at 10.00 AM. The itinerary consists in 5 stages:
- The visit at the medieval historic center, with its characteristic road and the small shops where you can buy typical products of the local handicraft.
- The Fortezza Pisana, with a quadrangular mapm, it’s 400 meters above the level of the sea and it was built by the Pisani in XII century. The bastions and the passage on the wall is still there, so you’ll have a wonderful panorama of the isle. On the northern side of the inner courtyard there’s a spring which guaranteed the water to every part of the castle.
- The archeological museum of Marciana, where, between the inestimable finds, there are tools to extract the granodiorite, fragments of crockery, and shingles of slate that dates back to the medieval era.
- The Zecca, a granodiorite hypogeous structure that dates back to IV-I century b.C. that was then used as a mint from Appianos at the end of XVI century.
- Finally, the Madonna del Monte sanctuary, one of the most ancient and visited hermitages in Elba Island. A place that offers history, art, nature, culture a bit of legend.
For further information about the excursion to Marciana Medievale and Madonna del Monte (how to participate, eventually changes of dates and times), you can visit the official site of Tuscany walking festival, Tuscanywalkingfestival.it.
Image source: “Teatro della Fonte (Madonna del Monte) Elba” di Ferpint – Opera propria. Con licenza CC BY-SA 3.0 tramite Wikimedia Commons