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Isola del Giglio

Isola del Giglio

Isola del Giglio is an almost-idyllic island off the Tuscan coast. The mountainous mass rises from the water to reach 496 meters above sea level (nearly 1500 feet). While it sits just 15 kilometers from the mainland, it's a place of unspoiled nature and azure seas. Fringed with 28 kilometers of coastline, Giglio boasts beautiful bays, granite cliffs, cozy coves, and sandy beaches. It's mild climate makes it a year-round destination.

The word "giglio" means lily. The island is certainly carpeted in wildflowers in springtime. Legend holds that when the goddess Venus emerged from the sea, seven gemstones fell from h er tiara and formed the Tuscan archipelago, of which Giglio is a pearl. It was an important Roman maritime trading port, though it proved a rather perilous one as the many ancient shipwreck remains found here demonstrate. A more recent incident occurred when a cruise ship ran aground on the rocky coastline and wrecked just off the island's shore.

There were relentless raids by pirates in the 16th century, and several stone watch towers still stand tall as reminders. The port continues to be an important part of the island's life, attracting sailboats from around the world and motor craft from around the Mediterranean. The island is covered in foliage and remains mostly in its natural state, with a few villages dotting the landscape.

GIGLIO PORTO: Rows of pastel houses line up along the cove providing a colorful backdrop for the masts in the marina. Along the waterfront there are restaurants and boutiques. There are the remains of a Roman villa, a couple of Saracen watch towers, and a load of island atmosphere to be found here.

GIGLIO CASTELLO: Nestled at 405 meters above sea level, Castello is the oldest town on the island. It is still cradled in the fortification walls. The castle for which it was named is known as Rocca Pisana and dates back to 1300. The village is a jumbled of ancient stone buildings crowded together and connected by a labyrinth of lanes, archways, stairways and piazzas. There are vineyards planted on the hills around Castello.

GIGLIO CAMPESE: The more modern part of the island, Camprese sits on the west side of the island and gets good breezes for wind surfing and sailing. There are hotels and restaurants, and the largest of the island's beaches, making it a popular spot. A circular tower rises from the water, built by the Medicis. This is a great place to be at sunset!

Other towns in the area:

Agliana, Anghiari, Arezzo, Asciano, Badia a Ruoti, Badia Agnano, Bagni di Lucca, Bagno a Ripoli, Bagnone, Barberino di Mugello, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Bietina, San Giustino Valdarno, Bucine, Buonconvento, Calci, Calenzano, Campo nell'Elba, Camucia di Cortona, Capalbio, Carrara, Casciana Terme, Cascina, Casole d'Elsa, Castel San Gimignano, Castelfiorentino, Castelfranco di Sopra, Castellina in Chianti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castiglione Fibocchi, Castiglion Fiorentino, Castiglioncello, Castiglione della Pescaia, Cerbaia, Cerreto Guidi, Certaldo, Cetona, Chianciano Terme, Chiusi, Cinigiano, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Cortona, Dicomano, Dudda, Empoli, Fabbrica di Peccioli, Fiesole, Figline Valdarno, Florence, Foiano della Chiana, Follonica, Fonteblanda, Fornacette, Forte dei Marmi, Gaiole in Chianti, Gambassi Terme, Gavoranno, Ghizzano, Giuncugnano, Grassina, Greve in Chianti, Grosseto, Iesa Palazzo, Impruneta, Lamporecchio, Laterina , Livorno, Loro Ciuffenna, Lucca, Lucignano, Lucolena, Marciano della Chiana, Marina di Grosseto, Marina di Pietrasanta, Marsiliana, Empoli, Masotti, Massa, Massa e Cozzile, Moggiona, Molazzana, Monsummano Terme, Montaione, Montalcino, Monte San Savino, Montecatini Terme, Montefollonico, Montelopio, Montepulciano, Monterchi, Monteriggioni, Monteroni d'Arbia, Montespertoli, Montevarchi, Monteverdi Marittimo, Monticchiello di Pienza, Monticiano, Montisi, Nievole, Orbetello, Panzano in Chianti, Pari, Pergine Valdarno, Pescia, Pescia Fiorentina, Pian di Rocca, Pian di Sco', Pienza, Pietrasanta, Pievasciata, Pieve Fosciana, Pisa, Pistoia, Pitigliano, Poggibonsi, Policiano, Ponsacco, Pontassieve, Ponte a Elsa, Ponte a Moriano, Pontedera, Poppi, Porciano di Lamporecchio, Porciano di Stia, Porto Ercole, Pozzo della Chiana, Prato, Puntone, Radda in Chianti, Radicofani, Rapolano Terme, Reggello, Rignano sull'Arno, Rigomagno, Rigutino, Riparbella, Ponte a Moriano, Pian di Rocca, Rosignano Solvay, Rufina, San Baronto, San Casciano dei Bagni, San Casciano in Val di Pesa, San Donato in Poggio, San Gimignano, San Giuliano Terme, San Giustino Valdarno, San Miniato, San Quirico d'Orcia, San Vincenzo, Sansepolcro, Sarteano, Saturnia, Scandicci, Scarlino, Segromigno in Monte, Seravezza, Serre di Rapolano, Sesto Fiorentino, Sieci, Siena, Sinalunga, Sorano, Sovana, Staggia Senese, Subbiano, Suvereto, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Terontola, Terranuova Bracciolini, Tirrenia, Torre del Lago Puccini, Torrita di Siena, Trequanda, Uliveto Terme, Vagliagli, Vecchiano, Venturina, Viareggio, Vicchio, Vinci, Volterra
     

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