|Relaxing moments after arriving at our bed & breakfast.|
Having already erred by not reading the reviews more carefully, we decided to follow his advice. Even with the proper directions, it was about five kilometers further, but we didn’t have to go over the top of the mountain. The first three-kilometer leg took us on a busy arterial that climbed slowly around the perimeter of the hills, so we were able to ride up the incline on our single-speed bikes. When we hit the other end of Via Colle Reciso, though, we did face a two-kilometer walk up a steep hillside, pushing bikes and carrying backpacks. Altogether, what I had mapped out as a 20-minute bike ride took us two hours, and we badly needed showers and a change of clothes when we arrived. The name of the bed and breakfast means “between sea and heaven,” and as it was about two-thirds of the way up the mountain, we were closer to heaven than the sea. On the positive side, though, we had a spectacular view of Portoferraio and the surrounding hills. Also, since one of the activities we had considered doing on Elba was to hike up a mountain, we were already almost there.
|Tramonto, or sunset, from Tra Cielo e Mare.|