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“Enjoy nature, quiet and a hike in the hills here”

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Tra Cielo E Mare B&B
Ranked #14 of 17 Portoferraio B&B and Inns
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“Enjoy nature, quiet and a hike in the hills here”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Do not make the same mistake we did and ignore the reviews that say this place can be hard to reach. Do not trust your GPS or Google maps, which will lead you through a difficult route on rough dirt roads over Mount Orello. But more on that later, because I would first like to say that our stay was pleasant and the hosts were congenial and helpful. I doubt there is a hotel or bed and breakfast on this island with a more spectacular view of the harbor below. We took a hike on the trail to Mount Orello and reached the top in 30 or 40 minutes. We enjoyed peaking inside some old army bunkers left over from World War 2, and we had views of the island in nearly all directions. The wild flowers were in full bloom, with butterflies all around.

I would like to give a 5-star review because the hosts were so kind and went out of their way to help us, but there were a few deficiencies that prevent this. The breakfast was nothing special—only the typical packaged croissants, bread and biscuits, along with yogurt, coffee, tea and juice. We were not offered cereal, cheese, eggs or fresh fruit. We spent the first night without heat, which wasn’t a big problem, since the blankets were adequate and we had stayed out late and went right to bed. The second evening, though, we spent in our room and had to keep our jackets on. We had asked for the heat to be turned on, and the proprietors obliged, but the thermostat must have been set so low that the heater never actually started up until late at night, after we had turned in.

We were the only guests, and we had our choice of the two rooms, so naturally we chose the one with a view. The other is in the back and has no view. Unfortunately, the view room is only a thin doorway separated from the hosts’ living room, so you can hear their TV and conversations, and vice-versa.

Returning to the problem of the directions, you will have no problems finding the best route if you program your GPS or Google Maps to find the hotel Relais delle Picchiaie, and then just go another mile farther and watch on the left for a sign. However, we didn’t know this and had to ask directions. This problem could have been better resolved if we had received directions in the confirming e-mail or if the B&B had its own web site with a map—or if we have paid more attention to other user reviews and written down the suggested directions. Do not come to this B&B by bicycle, as we did, unless you are ready for a two-kilometer climb up a steep and sometimes rough road. However, if you come when the weather is warm, have a car and pay attention about how to get here, you’ll have a great time.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Elisabetta C, Direttore at Tra Cielo E Mare B&B, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
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La prima cosa che voglio fare e' ringraziare questi clienti che,nonostante i problemi a capirci x la difficoltà della lingua , sono stati molto simpatici e carini,non sempre succede purtroppo , comunque ultimamente siamo stati fortunati,ottime persone sotto tutti gli aspetti. In effetti hanno ragione,noi non serviamo colazioni all americana,infatti nel sito e' specificato , c'è anche da dire che noi italiani più che cappuccio e croissant nn prendiamo la mattina, comunque sarebbe bastato saperlo x accontentarli,infatti il primo giorno mi chiesero la cioccolata calda,e fu mia premura fargliela x il giorno dopo. Per un italiano avere a disposizione caffè ,latte ,the yogurt, naturali e alla frutta,da bere e al cucchiaio,svariati tipi di croissant e merendine,biscotti,succhi di frutta e marmellata e' sufficente. Inoltre i cereali sono in un distributore lì a portata di mano,bastava prenderli,cmq mi dispiace molto nn averli accontentati in questo.Purtroppo hanno perfettamente ragione x la strada,nn e' il massimo,ovviamente e in salita,se nn fossimo così in alto, nn potremmo avere questa vista spettacolare. Consiglio vivamente la macchina. Ringrazio loro x la recensione.
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

Dear Elisabetta & Sergio,

The first thing we thought when we were 'searching' for the B&B on Elba, was 'Oh no, this is so far from the beach and so high on the mountain...' (Especially: too hot to climb the mountain ;-) )

Actually, we couldn't even think that it would be that great: we really felt at home, the sight was wonderful, the welcome was warm-hearted... Like paradise: you couldn't hear a single noise from things that weren't naturally: no cars, no over-crowded beaches...

The nature is also wonderful and it's very 'waaauuwww' to walk to the beach: a nice walking trip of 3km.

Thank you very much; we had a wonderful time! You both took care of us like we were your daughters :-)

Lore, Emily and Wendy

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Tra Cielo E Mare B&B
Address: Via Colle reciso, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Elba Island > Portoferraio
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Portoferraio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The B & B Between sky is the sea is at the foot of a large pine forest, we're inside a natural park of Tuscany, located high above enjoys a spectacular view of the view.For get there, leaving the main road n ° 26, 2 strerrata km road, a little dusty and not perfect, classic country road, also with parts of slope. Suitable for those who like quiet places, without noise or traffic, to those who love the countryside with all its wildlife, and who want to relax and get away from the frantic pace of the car absolutely città.Consigliata, with preference for suv or truck, even if there were particular problems with other types of cars. (depends a lot on the driver) ... more   less 
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