Giglio is one of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, located west of the promontory of Monte Argentario, from which it is about 12 miles away. For its simple beauty, its clear and crystalline waters and unspoiled nature, it is one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany and certainly one of the favorite destinations for tourists from all over the world.
Small but at the same time full of attractions, Isola del Giglio is one of the pearls of the Tyrrhenian Sea, one of those places that catches you at first glance and that surprises you in every little detail, from its beaches – small rocky coves or sandy beaches – to its villages – Giglio Porto, Giglio Castello and Giglio Campese – to its most ancient traditions.
Isola del Giglio is a true paradise for sea lovers, both for those who want nothing more than to lie down on the warm sand and indulge in a few lazy baths in its wonderful turquoise waters, and for the more sporty who want to dedicate themselves to diving and snorkeling – in fact, the island has one of the most beautiful backdrops in the entire Tuscan Archipelago, with an extraordinary variety of flora and fish fauna -. Even hiking and trekking enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice, as the island offers many hiking trails.
The villages of the Giglio Island
It is the first residential area encountered on the island coming by ferry. A small but characteristic port, the hub of life on the Tuscan island. Until the 10th-11th century Giglio Porto was the only existing settlement on the island – the first houses were built around the small port which, over the centuries thanks to its strategic position, had become one of the most important for the maritime ports of ships that traveled from Africa to Rome, and from Gaul to Spain.
Colorful and colorful, Giglio Porto is in itself one of the most beautiful attractions of the Giglio Island, full of restaurants, clubs and craft shops and typical products, a walk is a must!
Among the main monuments of Giglio Porto, the Torre del Saraceno – dating back to 1596 and built by Ferdinando Medici – the Church of Santi Lorenzo and Mamiliano and the Roman Ruins certainly deserve a view.
At 405 meters above sea level, Giglio Castello is a picturesque ancient town, leaning around the Rocca. Narrow alleys, characteristic streets and hidden squares, all protected by the city walls – built in medieval times by the Aldobrandeschi -. Do not miss the Parish Church of San Pietro, dating back to the 15th century.
It is the most recent town on the island of Giglio and certainly the most tourist destination – here are concentrated the largest number of hotels, campsites and residences -. On its southern end you can admire the Faraglione of Isola del Giglio, while on the opposite side, on its northern end, the Torre di Campese, of sixteenth-century origin.
The Beaches of the Island of Giglio
At Giglio you are spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches. Whether you love tranquility or you are looking for beaches equipped and equipped with every service, this small island is always for you. From large sandy beaches to rocky coves, every corner of the island is a discovery, an ideal location to spend a few hours or a whole day of pure relaxation, among crystal clear waters, breathtaking views and unspoiled nature.
Cannelle beach. It is one of the most beautiful and well-known of the Tuscan island, it is located on the east coast and is particularly loved for its fine white sand and its marvelous crystalline waters. The beach is easily reachable from Giglio Porto on foot (with a walk of about 15-20 minutes), by car or by sea (referring to the boatmen you will meet at the port).
Caldane beach. Another wonderful beach on the island of Giglio, the Caldane beach is small and intimate, and is a real wonder … grains of sand of the color of gold in contrast with the turquoise green of the waters …
Campese beach. It is the largest beach on the island, located on the north-west side, between the Torre del Campese and the Faraglione. The beach extends for about 600 meters and is made up of grains of reddish sand. The waters have an unmistakable blue-turquoise color.
Arenella beach. It is the third beach on the island of Giglio in order of size, and also one of the most beautiful and particular. It stands on the eastern coast of the island, north of Giglio Porto. For its simple beauty, its blue waters and breathtaking location, this small beach has nothing to envy to the most famous Caribbean beaches and is a true paradise for all lovers of diving and snorkeling.
Cala dello Smeraldo. It is one of the most beautiful on the island, the waters that bathe this beach have the color of emerald and are incredible