Giglio: you can call it “the island of the 3 saints”

Giglio Island saints

There are several theories that try to explain the origin of the name of Giglio Island. A popular and well-known tourist destination that could also be called: the island of the three saints. And each one corresponds to one of the three towns of Giglio Island.

 

1. San Lorenzo

He is the patron saint of Giglio. Every year, on August 10th, Giglio Porto dedicates a great event to the saint, that lasts several days. The most anticipated moment is the palio marinaro, when the three districts (Chiesa, Moletto and Saraceno) compete for the title of best crew.

Giglio Porto is the place where the ferries to Giglio Island dock. Here, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches of the island, such as cala dell’Arenella and cala delle Cannelle. Very impressive is also the Saraceno tower, which seems to be guarding the harbour.

 

2. San Rocco

On August 16th, in Giglio Campese, takes place the feast of San Rocco, with a great religious procession ending on the shore. In the evening, Campese Beach, one of the most beautiful on the island, becomes the location for music and fireworks.

Giglio Campese is located on the west coast of the island. The visit starts from the Campese tower and continues with sea stacks, beaches and ancient churches.

 

3. San Mamiliano

San Mamiliano is the protagonist of several legends of Giglio Island. On September 15th, for four consecutive days, Giglio Castello tributes to the saint a great feast: the palio of the donkeys, the quadrille, the concerts, and the fireworks.

Giglio Castello is located in the heart of the island and is immediately recognizable thanks to the imposing walls and the Rocca aldobrandesca. It is a very suggestive place that has manteined its medieval atmosphere.

 

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