How to Get Around Isola del Giglio
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For those who wish to visit the island without a car, public transportation connects the three main island villages: Giglio Porto, Giglio Castello and Giglio Campese. Buses run year-round, with more frequent departures (every 20 minutes) during the summer.
Alternatively, visitors can rent a Taxi van for up to 8 people with a personal driver. Taxi sharing, with shared fare, is also available. Taxi vans drive to both Le Cannelle and Arenella beaches, which are not on the bus routes. The Taxi vans are to be found at the parking area in Giglio Porto in Via Provinciale, 100m from the chemist’s and from the Post Office. Taxis can also be called individually by phone.
Small cars, as well as scooters and 330cc quads that can carry up to 2 people, are available for hire.
We remind devoted excursionists and trekkers that Isola del Giglio has a network of footpaths leading to the villages and beaches, which allow hikers ample opportunities to admire our landscapes and breathtaking sea views.
Alongside the wharf at Giglio Porto, at the Campese Tower and at Arenella and Le Canelle beaches, operators rent boats that can be driven without a license. By renting a boat, you can discover secret bays, beaches and granite cliffs, difficult to reach otherwise.
Alternatively, Taxi Boat service and hiring a boat with driver for a trip around the island or for an excursion to Giannutri are also available near the Giglio Porto wharf.
ROUND TRIP OF THE ISLAND BY SEA
The trip around the island by sea is interesting not only for the landscapes, but for the natural history as well. Leaving the port heading north, the first cove (cala) encountered is Lazzaretto. This name was given because in the past centuries the area was in fact a hospital for quarantining travellers (lazaret or lazzaretto), dating back to 1620. In the centuries since then, it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times until 1842 when it was rebuilt in the form still visible today. It is now a private residence.
After Cala del Lazzaretto are Punta Gabbianara and Punta del Lazzaretto, both comprised of massive granite rock formations. The imposing Lazzaretto Tower emerges amid a grove of maritime pines, and further above, Giglio Castello can be seen. Passing by Cala Cupa, one can spot an abandoned granite cave and Arenella beach.
After Punta Arenella, Le Caletta and Punta della Campana, sailing towards Punta Radice, an antique lighthouse built on Poggio Verdello can be seen, but it is seldom used due to thick fogs in the area regularly obscuring the light beams from boats and ships at sea.
Following this are the Fenaio lighthouse, Cala Calbugina and Punta del Morto. Once past Punta del Fenaio, the northern extremity of the island, Cala Campese emerges, bordered on the west side by its conspicuous, characteristic rock formation protruding from the bay.
After Punta delle Secche are the Medici Tower of Campese and Campese Beach, which can be very busy during summer. The west side of the beach hosts the remains of the Valle Ortana pyrite mine, active until the late 1950s, and on the hilltop is Giglio Castello; passing that, the Franco headland appears.
Navigating further leads to Punta del Gesso, Scoglio di Mezzo Franco, Punta di Mezzo Franco, Punta di Pietralta and Cala dell’Allume. Notice the yellow rocks in this area; the colour is due to detritus of iron mineral extracted from an almost invisible mine cave.
Not to be missed is Isola della Cappa, and after that is Scoglio del Corvo (“Crow Rock”) with its eponymous bay and its inviting grotto on the east side.
Sailing further southbound, one reaches Cala di Pietrabona and Punta di Capel Rosso, which is the extreme southern limit of the island. Passing Punta di Capel Rosso with its lighthouse brings the eastern coastline, which is not as inaccessible as the west coast.
Beyond Punta Torricella, the small but breathtaking Caldane Beach appears, followed by Capo Marino, Le Cannelle Beach and the Scole, before the return to Giglio Porto.