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Tuscany and Elba

PLACES TO VISIT ON A SAILBOAT
Fetovaia, Capraia, Centuri, Capo Corso, Elba, Macinaggio, Portoferraio

Cruising these waters is magic, because you can have breakfast in a quintessential Mediterranean Island like Elba or Capraia and then dinner around the wild and scottish atmosphere of Cape Corse. And sipping Tuscan wine on top of it.

Our top 3 SAILPRO anchorages


1. Cala Rossa - Capraia

2. Fetovaia - Elba

3. Cape Corse



Our Sailing notes


Weather and anchorages: the main danger in the sailing season comes from westerlies, either warm and humid Libeccio or the cold front Mistral, which can be brutal around Corsica. The beaches east of Cape Corse offer enough shelter, but sailing west of it is courting disaster. Winds ease off considerably around Elba, that provides several shelters anyway. All in all seas east of Corsica are usually benign.


Gourmet: Where to begin? Tuscan cuisine is appreciated in the world for its fine natural and flavourful ingredients, it's a typical expression of the Mediterranean diet, considered among others, the most wholesome and tasty. Olive oil, pasta, fish and first choice meat: with this few basic ingredients the tuscan local chefs can create exceptional dishes. Among the produce of which Tuscany is of some importance is white truffles, a much appreciated variety. As for local ingredients, the Fiorentina steak is renowned, the unique Colonnata Lard, the savoury Bottarga from Orbetello, several types of cured meat like the Tarese and the Biroldo. Local specialties that must be tried are the famous Caciucco alla Livornese, the local tomato/garlic/oli based fish soup, the Ribollita, a vegetable and bread soup, cabbage crostini, pappardelle with hare sauce, roast loin of pork, the Stracotto (braised beef) and the Frittata di Carciofi (artichoke omelette).

Wines: world renowned Brunello, Chianti and the wines from Bolgheri like Sassicaia


Restaurants:

Publius - Poggio di Marciana, Elba

Capo Nord -  Marciana Marina, Elba


Our itinerary


We strongly suggest to embark from Elba or Tuscany. Elba Island, if rather big is size, being the third island in Italy, might indeed provide enough varieties for a whole week, with its different landscapes, romantic fishing villages, hamlets hidden among the hills, ancient castles, not to mention the white beaches and emerald bays! According to the weather sail either south anchoring in fetovaia or north stopping in Procchio or Marciana.

From Elba to Capraia it's around 18 miles and the place is well worth a visit. the marina is small but the island provides beautiful anchorages and spectacular hikes. 

From Capraia a quick crossing of 16 miles takes you to Cape Corse, one of the wildest and grandest capes in the Mediterranean. In good weather anchor off the eastern bight along the Cape, where water is pure crystal, or sail to the cosy fishing village of Centuri. In bad weather hide behind the islets north of Macinaggio, or in the harbour. 

If good weather persists, sail to the beaches of northern Corsica, like Loto and  Saleccia, renowned for its white sand and clear waters. 

On the way back from Corsica it could be a great idea to stop at Giglio. This small island has a magnificent harbour and a short hike will take you up to the 'Castle', a pure Genoese citadel with its alleys, shops, ladies drying theit laudry by the windows and elders playing cards in the bars. Well, forget the huge shipwreck still probably standing out of the port ;)...

Giannutri is an even bigger surprise. This tiny Island, with two magnificent coves, is definitely worth a stroll, love among the ruins style, with Roman marble columns and walls coming out of the perfumed pines and bushes... a magical atmosphere.

Pianosa and Montecristo are off limits.  


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