Holiday in Giglio Castello: what to see

Castello Giglio IslandIt is listed among the most beautiful villages in Italy, and there is a good reason for this. Giglio Castello is a place where time seems to have stopped, where you can still breathe the atmosphere of the medieval city. A place that combines relaxation and culture, the beauty of nature and the spectacle of the sea view of the Giglio Island.

Rocca aldobrandesca – It is the symbol of the town that also gives the name to Giglio Castello. The Rocca aldobrandesca is located at the highest point of the castle hamlet. It is an authentic fort on a trapezoidal plan, built by Pisani and further fortified by the Aldobrandeschi family. On sunny days, from the trenches of the Rocca aldobrandesca you can clearly see Corsica and Elba islands.

Perimeter ramparts – The village of Giglio Castello is surrounded by ancient walls, also dating back to the Middle Ages, which help to make the atmosphere of the town even more unique. In the past the Giglio Castello was accessible only through the gate Porta della Rocca. In addition to the walls, there are also some well-preserved towers.

Church of St. Peter – This is the main and largest religious building of Giglio Castello and of the entire island. The church, whose presence has been documented since the fifteenth century, it houses some priceless historical and artistic artworks: the treasure of Pope Innocent XIII, an ivory crucifix by Giambologna, the relics of St. Mamiliano the saint protector of  the island and of the whole Tuscan Archipelago.

The four districts – Giglio Castello is divided into four districts: the Centre, Cisterna, Casamatta, the Rocca. During the feast of St. Mamiliano, in September, the four districts compete in the long awaited Palio, the ride of bareback mounted donkeys.

Alleys and baschetti – Giglio Castello is this, a maze of narrow streets suddenly interrupted by stairways and baschetti (small terraces located outside homes). A walk in these alleys is highly recommended.

Food & Drink – In the area of Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Roma you can find bars, pubs, restaurants where to stop eating the typical dishes of the Giglio Island.

Beaches and other locations – Moving around Giglio Island is very simple, both with your own vehicle and public transportation that provides excellent connections to other localities of Giglio Island. In this way from Giglio Castello is also possible to reach the most beautiful beaches of the island.

 

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