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Giglio Island

Giglio Island: a pearl in the Tuscan Archipelago

Giglio Island is an Italian island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is part of the Province of Grosseto and is situated about 12 miles off the coast of Tuscany. The island has a population of about 3,000 people.

The sea is wonderful. The moderate climate, his unspoiled landscape, and crystal clear, emerald-colored waters, allow every tourist, also from Italy, to live in a real pearl of the world.

For what is the Italian region of Isola del Giglio famous?

Giglio Island has an area of 10 square miles and is home to Giglio Campese, Giglio Porto, and Giglio Castello. The island is a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches and crystalline waters.

Giglio Island is also known for its medieval castle village, which is called the same name. This is characterized by towering city walls and it offers an amazing hilltop view across the Tyrrhenian. It will be wonderful to look at the really unique emerald waters of the Giglio from there.

There are ferries that depart from Porto Santo Stefano (Monte Argentario), taking around 1 hour to Giglio Island daily. There are also flights available to Rome and Pisa, which have the closest airport to the island.

What is the meaning of Giglio?

His name Giglio means “lily” in Italian, which derives from the number of goats over the territory. From there, in greek “Aigylion” and then “Igilium” in Latin from where the final name, Giglio, came from.

The Island is inhabited since the Iron Age. Due to his strategic position, it seems that it has been firstly transformed into a military base by Etruscan. Years by years, Giglio Island got more and more an important role. Also, the Romanians recognize it as a precious military base and it has also been quoted by Julius Caesar in his opera “Commentarii de bello civili”.

Do you need a car on Giglio?

Giglio Island is a very touristy place and, in order to enjoy every single corner of this beautiful territory, it is important to have a car at your disposal. Giglio has many different villages that are worth visiting, such as Giglio Porto and Giglio Castello. Giglio Porto is the main village where you can find it.

Of course, you can rent a car, but there are different ways to explore it. The easiest is to rent a motorcycle or an e-bike.

Giglio Island, Tuscany

Every year, several famous people come to discover this angle of paradise. A few years ago, Italian goalkeeper Gigi Buffon, visited Giglio Island. But it’s just an example of many.


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