Here’s an idea for a mini itinerary to discover some of the most enchanting corners of the beautiful Giglio Island, a treasure of the Tuscan Archipelago. It’s full of truly unique vacationing spots, offering stunning sceneries and ancient history.
Cala delle Cannelle
Wild and intriguing, the southern part of Giglio Island is characterized by an ancient terraced landscape that was once used for the cultivation of vineyards. The wide Cannelle Bay is located along the border of this area, not far from Giglio Porto, and is popular among day trippers. You can reach the area either by car, along a well-paved but narrow road, or by boat. The bay is characterized by a beautiful white sandy beach, well protected from the wind. In the summertime, it’s perfect for those who love the heat.
As the most important tourist spot on the island, Campese is located in a splendid bay with the imposing Faraglione on one side and the Campese Tower on the other. Situated on a reef island connected to land by a bridge, this Medici tower was built between the 16th and 17th centuries as headquarters for the local health guard. Today it is private property.
It was an ancient Roman port and it still conserves its most ancient core, thanks to the Torre del Porto, built in the 16th century as a fortress, designed to block pirate invasions. In the adjacent Saraceno Bay, you can see the remains from the Roman villa that the wealthy Domizi Enobardi family made built during the first century BC and then completely restored in the second century AD. Northwards, you’ll find a small peninsula jutting out into the sea; covered with pine forests, this area hosts the remains of the Torre Lazzaretto castle, which was part of the Medici’s defense network, developed in the mid 16th century.
Giglio Island is part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, the largest marine park in Europe and it preserves the seven main islands in the archipelago with many other minor islets and reefs. The main trait is the wide variety of Mediterranean flora and maritime fauna.
Cover image credit: Simonetta Viterbi