Trekking itineraries to discover one of the most beautiful pearls of the Tuscan Archipelago: Giglio Stone Island between uncontaminated nature and incomparable panoramas. 

Giglio porto

Giglio porto

In front of the Argentario promontory, Giglio Island rises from the Tyrrhenian waters with great splendour despite its modest size.  

Setting sail from Porto Santo Stefano as the ferry approaches the coast, the sea changes from the deep blue of the depths to the crystalline azure of the inlets inviting you in for a swim before you even get there. We can then see the enormous slabs of smooth, sinewy granite stone wedged into the waters and the maritime dimension of the picturesque port, made up of Mediterranean-coloured old houses; upwards, the ancient castle dominates the island from one of its highest hillocks and is worth a walk along its labyrinthine alleyways.

Built around the 11th century and subsequently refortified, it has defended itself for a thousand years against pirate attacks – even by the terrible Barbarossa 

Tramonto all'isola del Giglio

Tramonto all’isola del Giglio

Giglio Island, Tuscany, was and is still home to fishermen and farmers, to sea and mountain life: the Poggio della Pagana is the highest at 496 metres above sea level; the villages Giglio Porto and Giglio Castello reflect the two souls of the population and along the western coast we find the village Campese, established mainly as a tourist destination and home to one of Giglio Island’s beaches. Between the coast and the hinterland you can enjoy some unique landscapes, the fruit of long harmonious cooperation between mankind and nature. A large part of the island makes up the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago to protect the flora and fauna of land and sea.  

Isola del Giglio, il faro Vaccarecce

Isola del Giglio, il faro Vaccarecce

This island in Tuscany is home to an explosion of life, pastel colours and fragrances – especially in the spring – with the typical essences of the Mediterranean scrubland and also thanks to the many beech woods, a rarity in the other islands in the archipelago. These habitats are home to rather uncommon animal species that require protection, such as the Manx Shearwater and pilgrim falcon (amongst the birds) and the mouflon (amongst the mammals). These places are best discovered at your own pace, wandering the network of paths that cross the island.  

Trekking routes discovering Giglio stone island: 

  • Climb to Giglio Castello 
  • Starting from the port, we take the asphalted road up to the castle; at the crossroads with the main road, we go straight one and soon after the bend we find a junction to the left leading us onto the ancient mule track that connected the two inhabited centres. The whole path is on a rather steep climb, but in the shade of a small beech wood it winds almost entirely along the same cobbles that paved it originally: climbing further, the beechwood opens up to some magnificent views over the Arenella bay and the Caletta. In approximately 45 minutes you reach the city walls of the castle. 
  • Capel Rosso Lighthouse
  • From the main square of the Castello of Giglio Island, we travel south; very soon, to the left we see an asphalted street going up under the shade of a pine wood. The road then becomes a path which, still southwards, leads to the Capel Rosso Lighthouse in an approximately two and a half hours’ walk. The itinerary is well-signposted and offers some beautiful views, continuing through the rich Mediterranean vegetation halfway up the hill. Upon arrival at Capel Rosso point we will be standing on the southernmost point of the island, together with the beautiful lighthouse from which we can admire the spectacular sea-eroded cliffs to either side. 
  • Punta del Faraglione 
  • To the farthest point to the left (looking out to sea) of the Campese beach you will find the path that leads to the head of Punta del Faraglione; through a sweet beech wood and breath-taking panoramic views over the cliffs and the Campese bay, the path ends in front of a limestone pinnacle that seems to be the twin of the sea stack that rises from the sea. A very easy, panoramic excursion lasting approximately 20 minutes on the way out and the same for the return journey – with just one more complicated stretch – set up with rope handrails to help you keep your balance. Perfect at sundown for some unforgettable views.  
Cala Schizzatoio

Cala Schizzatoio

Return itinerary Giglio Porto – Giglio Castello 

Length of route: approx. 4.0 km 

Climb: 350 m 

Difficulty level: average (for the climb) 

Means: by foot 

Departure point: Google Maps

Return itinerary head of Faraglione 

Length of route: approx. 2.0 km 

Climb: 80 m 

Difficulty level: easy 

Means: by foot 

Departure point: Google Maps

Return itinerary Capel Rosso Lighthouse 

Length of route: approx. 13.0 km 

Climb: 550 m 

Difficulty level: challenging 

Means: by foot 

Departure point: Google Maps

Equipaggiamento consigliato: calzature da trekking, borraccia da almeno 1.5 lt, zaino

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