Giglio Island – snorkeling and diving paradise off the coast of Tuscany

When it comes to discuss about the ideas for spending a vacation, a lot of people would definitely vote for an island. Quite certainly, spending vacations on island is something like giving your body and mind the much needed relaxation. If you are looking for one such option then this article will surely help you out.

Located on the opposite side of Argentario peninsula, precisely on the southern side of Tuscany, Giglio is an enchanting island surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Giglio Porto colorful houses, Tuscany, Italy
Giglio Porto colorful houses by Julia Maudlin

To be more specific, the Italian island is neighbor to the isle of Giannutri, which also belongs to the Tuscany region. The island of Elba is 50 kilometers from Giglio, and the distance between the mainland of Italy and the island is just 16 kilometers.

Leaving island of Giglio, Tuscany, Italy
Leaving island of Giglio, Tuscany by Patrik Tschudin

How to Arrive and where to Stay?

You can arrive on Giglio island by ferry or you can hire boats from Porto San Stefano, which is located on the mainland. Without any doubt, you will love the short journey as the boat would sail through the amazingly clear and bright green sea as well as the Poggio della Pagana, also known as the granite point, which is about 500 m high.

Giglio Porto, Tuscany, Italy
Giglio Porto by Richard Grant

Even before placing your feet on the island, from the boat or ferry you will be able to spot the multi-colored houses settled at the small town of Giglio Porto.

Without any doubt, the atmosphere of this island is so peaceful that it would instantly soothe your nerves and rejuvenate you completely in few days. Throughout the year, the climate on this island remains mild and highly comfortable.

Streets on Giglio island, Tuscany, Italy
A street in Giglio Castello – a central part of the island by Patrik Tschudin

In case you are thinking about accommodation then you do not have to worry about it. There are about 12 hotels on the island, along with some private apartments as well.

In addition, you can also choose camping ground for spending lazy hours, leaving behind all the worries of life. Like we said, snorkeling as well as scuba diving are the major attractions on this island. In addition, you can also have amazing experience by hiking the several island paths.

Arenella beach with a view of Monte Argentario, Giglio island, Tuscany, Italy
Arenella beach with a view of Monte Argentario, Giglio island by Patpatpat

Fresh your mind

Giglio Island renders gorgeous beaches as well as several bays where you can spend some peaceful days, far away from the noisy and uncomfortable environment of cities.

If you have a soft corner for nature then this holiday location will definitely touch the bottom of your heart. Being far away from the city and pollution, the crystal clear sea offers excellent option to explore its rich marine life.

Snorkeling and diving are the two must do activities on this wonderful island, and you will surely regret in case you miss it.

Giglio island from its hills, Tuscany, Italy
Giglio island from its hills by aagotaa

Something Different

It was the year 2012 when Giglio Island turned out to be more popular worldwide due to a mishap. On 13th January 2012, the huge ship Costa Concordia accidentally hit a reef, which caused some major damage to the ship. And as a result the ship partially sank.

Since then, huge numbers of visitors have thronged towards this island to witness the largest passenger ship to sink. No doubt, the scene of partially sank ship is terrifying as well as amazing at the same time.

Costa Concordia, Giglio, Tuscany, Italy
Costa Concordia, Giglio by Florian Martys

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