There are three inhabited centres on Giglio Island: Castello, Porto and Campese.
It is a small hamlet and with it's medieval walls still intact, which majestically dominates the Giglio Island from above. Named as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Giglio Castello sees a large number of visitors every year, attracted by its characteristic stone architecture, which is still largely still intact, as well as the generosity of its inhabitants and its timeless charm.
The village was built in the XII century by the Pisani and over the years was repeatedly restored and enlarged by the Granduchi of Tuscany. Among its main architectural and cultural attractions, are the Church of St. Peter the Apostle and the Aldobrandesca Fortress, stand out. The Church of St. Peter the Apostle undoubtedly deserves a visit for its panoramic position and the treasures it contains within (including a ivory crucifix attributed to Gianbologna, two sabers and a pistol of pirate origins decorated with beautiful inlays and an ancient Corinthian cape). The Aldobrandesca Fortress is also worth a visit due to its imposing position and its highly defensive character.
Get lost in the small alleys of Castello, savour a good glass of Ansonaco wine in one of the evocative wineries carved out of granite, exchange a few words with the local people... it will be a unique and genuine experience that you will bring in your heart forever!
Giglio Porto is a town located on the eastern side of the island of Giglio, and is the only port. Its origin dates back to the Roman Era and was the first village to be built on the island. The small colourful houses, the narrow alleys, the craft shops... it is impossible not to be impressed by the beauty of this picturesque Mediterranean marina!
Another thing that stkes the visitor is the clarity of its sea, a rare thing for a place where ships and boats of all kinds arrive every day.
Among its main architectural points of interest are the splendid Church of Saints Lorenzo and Mamiliano, the Saracen Tower of 1596 and the Caletta del Saraceno, a natural creek that the ancient Romans had exploited for mulberry farming.
Campese takes its name from the beach of the same name around which the town developed, to form a sort of crown. Although being the last of the three villages to be built on the island, it is today the largest tourist and holiday resort, especially in the summer. Campese has everything you need for those who love sea, sports, good cooking and relaxation!
Thanks to its privileged west orientation, Giglio Campese offers sublime sunsets and almost tropical colours each evening.
The Gulf of Campese is characterised by the presence of two landmarks located at its extremities: the one on the left is a natural landmark, the faraglione, while the one on the right side was man made, the ancient Medicean Tower. Built in 1700, the latter played an important role in protecting the island from the attack of the pirates, which it was often subjected to.
Lastly, it should be remembered that Giglio Campese has also been a fundamental resource for the livelihood of the island's economy after World War II, thanks to the presence of a pyrite mine, where 350 miners were employed.
In short, the Campese is a real treasure to discover in many different ways... we are waiting for you!