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Isle of Giglio

The Island of Giglio is part of the Tuscan Archipelago and is located in front of the Monte Argentario.

The island is a gem that deserves to be visited. It offers beautiful beaches and bays with crystal clear water suitable for diving enthusiasts thanks to its fascinating underwater world.

Giglio Porto is the only port of the island and looks very picturesque with its colourful houses and the deep blue sea. It was built by the Romans around 18 centuries ago. On the left side of the harbour, there is the tower “Torre del Saraceno”, which was built at the request of Ferdinand I.

Giglio Castello is the main city of the island and is situated at an altitude of 405 meters above sea level. The city was built by Pisa in the twelfth century and was later expanded and renovated several times.

The narrow streets with its many curves and the impressive Aldobrandesca fortress give it a unique charm. In the historical centre, in Piazza della Rocca there is the house of the famous violinist Uto Ughi.

Interesting is also the Church of St. Peter, probably built in the XV century.

Giglio Campese is the holiday resort of the island with a beautiful, wide sandy beach. The beautiful bay is surrounded by cliffs on one side and on the other side by the imposing Medici tower.

Winds from the south make the bay of Campese a paradise for surfers, while on the west side it is possible to admire beautiful sunsets.

Just 2 miles south of the port there is Cannelle, a beach of fine white sand and shallow waters, making it a paradise for children.

Another small beach is Caldane and it is accessible only by foot, but walking here for about 20 minutes is really fascinating.

In the northern part of the island there is the beach of Arenella, easily accessible by car.

In Giglio Porto and Castle visitors can find accommodation. However, in high season it is very difficult to find free places with no reservation. A Campese there is also a campsite.

The shuttle bus travels throughout the island and the ferryboats from Porto Santo Stefano is scheduled 8 times a day.

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