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Isola del Giglio

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VACATION DESTINATION RICH IN HISTORY

The municipality of Isola del Giglio, which also includes the Giannutri Island, stretches over a hilly terrain. There are two towns: Giglio Porto, only small port present and Giglio Castello, medieval village on the heights of the island, characterized by medieval towered walls encircle the town. Inhabited since the iron age, the island was a military base during the Etruscan period and remained so even during Roman rule (it is mentioned by Julius Caesar in his De bello civili). Passed under various Lordships, Aldobrandeschi, pisani, Aragonese and plundered from pirate raids; from 1558 it was under the rule of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

The island's mild climate makes it an ideal place for holidays and for those in search of relaxation; the richness and beauty of the sea and its landscapes are a popular destination for lovers of diving and nature.

 

Traditions and typical products

Every year for St. Lorenzo, Giglio Porto City Centre comes alive for the traditional Palio Marinaro, rowing tournament of 2000 meters in the waters in front of the port, between the 3 wards of the borough. Isola del Giglio is not only sea but also typical products of excellence, as the Ansonaco wine, a white flavour and amber colour. Lesser known jams prepared with the fruit grown in the municipality and the honey extracted from flowers of the island, from the aromatic taste decided.

 

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