Its austere, granite profile stands opposite the Argentario promontory, surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea and covered in Mediterranean scrub. This is Isola del Giglio, with its unspoilt landscape made up of cliffs and small bays overlooking waters so rich in underwater life.
The paths on Giglio unfold across 21 square kilometres, winding through high plains covered in shrubs and olive trees and snaking 500 metres up to Poggio della Pagana, from where the view ranges from the Tuscan coast to the islands of Elba, Giannutri and Montecristo. From the dock at Giglio Porto, a small seaside village surrounded by hills that are dotted with vineyards, the road begins that leads to the other end of the island. The climb is quite difficult on the way to Giglio Castello, home to a fortified village surrounded by towers and walls built by the Aldobrandesca family. Campese is located on the western slope, the island’s resort town, nestled in the middle of a sheltered bay, from where you can admire the splendid Punta Faraglione.
Let’s begin this excursion immersed in Giglio’s landscape, with a hike through three of the island’s towns and which offers plenty of opportunities for great views of the varied nature of this wild corner of Tuscany. Dirt paths and mule tracks form the ancient routes that were once used by island locals for moving between the fields both on foot and atop animals. Visits are ideal in the autumn, thanks to its mild climate, and in the spring, when the flowers are in full bloom.