from Procchio to Acquabona
The second stage is much easier than the first, but charming all the same. A hilly landscape predominates, and the slopes are more moderate. Nature, during the spring, is green and blossomed.
You can enjoy good views if the sky is clear.
You start from Procchio, along the Route 25 towards Colle di Procchio, where you come across the first junction, where you turn left, while you go straight on the next, and turn left at the next, thus entering the country:
Here the trail has no significant slope:
After a turn to the left, you descend towards a small bridge and some ruins:
After going round them, you find the trail again, that becomes steeper:
After you have gained about 170 m in altitude, you reach a widening and a fork, where you turn left and proceed on a wide dirt road:
After about fifteen minutes, at a saddle with crossroads, you turn right:
You climb on moderate slopes up to the top of Monte San Martino, 370 m
then you reach Monte Barbatoia, 360 m:
You can enjoy excellent views if the sky is clear:
At the next junction you turn right, at the next one you go straight, until you reach Colle Reciso, where you reach a street, and turn left
and shortly after you turn right:
You continue along a dirt road, with beautiful views on Portoferraio:
After about 800 m, you reach a crossroads with an indication of private property on the right.
Here you can opt to head towards Monte Orello, or avoid it. The first choice is worthwhile if you are not yet tired, and if the mountain is clear of mist, so you can appreciate the views.
Otherwise you go straight, heading towards Le Picchiaie, either crossing the village or going around it, then towards Acquabona, to rejoin the standard path (see the variant in darker color on the map).
To Monte Orello, turn right ignoring prohibitions (they are invalid), pass along a few houses and a riding school, then through a beautiful forest full of cork trees:
When you get to a clearing, you find a fork, where you go left, then a crossroads where you go straight, and yet another fork, where you turn right to go up in the woods along a comfortable road, on a modest slope:
At a junction, you continue, following the curves of the road, and you reach Monte Orello, 376 m
where there is a war post:
Then you go downhill on a comfortable path:
At a crossing you turn left:
After a stretch in the woods, you reach a fork, where you turn right:
Then you continue along the main trail until you reach Acquabona, and its golf courses:
A fork on the left and the subsequent road allow you to avoid a stretch of paved road, but finally you reach the Route 26 again.
You follow it for a short distance to the north, then turn right in Via Schiopparello. Follow this road, passing a semi-curve to the left, and then turn left towards your destination:
Notice: from there you can easily reach the beach of Acquabona, which is located about 800 m away, and offers a nice view of Portoferraio
and of the Castello del Volterraio:
■ gb, 2016-05-10