second-largest island of the Tuscan archipelago, in size and population
,is Giglio; it was first inhabited by pre-historic man. The island
has a port on the east coast, Giglio Porto, and a small
picturesque village called Giglio Castello, which lies around the
old fortress and is situated on a hill plunging steeply into the sea.
There is also a modern bathing station, Giglio Campese, that has
developed by a wide sandy inlet.
The southernmost island in the archipelago is Giannutri
(part of the council of Giglio), which has low hills and a steep, rocky
coastline. To the north there is the remains of a Roman villa dating from
the 1st century AC, only part of which can be visited. This island also
forms part of the Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago Toscano.
At Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano, and on the islands
of Giannutri and Giglio, there are old fishing villages
that have been adapted with Tuscan good taste to the requirements of beach
Picture by Sandro Santioli