The Lovers’ Lighthouse: a journey to a romantic island

Giglio Island lighthouse

The charm of the sea. Immersed in a pine forest that almost seems to inspire intimacy. While looking at the horizon, in the company of their own half. Giglio island is a deeply romantic place. As well as its lighthouse, known as the “lighthouse of lovers”.


The Vaccarecce lighthouse

This is the old lighthouse of the Vaccarecce, now abandoned. Also known as the ancient lighthouse of Giglio, it is located in the northern part of the island, on the top of a hill not far from Giglio Castello, one of the villages of Giglio. The lighthouse is completely immersed in the pinewood of the Blue Island. Here, the only sounds that lull the lovers are the sea breeze and the lapping of the waves.

Lighthouse that owes its fame to the book Scusa ma ti chiamo amore by Federico Moccia: for the scene of the lighthouse present in his book, the Roman writer was inspired by the lighthouse of the Vaccarecce (and therefore, even if a little ‘sorry to disappoint you in reality the lighthouse of the book does not exist physically).


How to get

The Vaccarecce lighthouse is located just at north of Giglio Castello. It is possible to reach it along a path that starts from Provinciale Castello road. From Giglio Porto, the port where ferries for Giglio island dock, it takes about an hour to walk, then reaching the lighthouse of lovers becomes also an opportunity to take a wonderful walk.


Romantic places

As already mentioned, the Vaccarecce lighthouse is one of the most romantic places on the island of Giglio but certainly not the only one. For a little holiday in the company of your sweetheart, there are others that we can recommend.

  • Giglio Castello, the town located in the heart of the island: it has kept its atmosphere of an ancient medieval village and, especially at sunset, it offers charming little streets for romantic walks.
  • Punta di Capel Rosso, the southernmost promontory of the island: to reach it on foot it takes about a couple of hours but you will admire a view that will leave you simply breathless.
  • Giglio Campese, on the west coast: here, in addition to being one of the most beautiful beaches of Giglio island, there are also restaurants with sea view where you can have a candle-lit dinner.


The lighthouses of Giglio island

If you liked the Vaccarecce, then we can suggest an itinerary that you will surely find very suggestive: the lighthouses of Giglio island. In addition to the Vaccarecce lighthouse, the other stages of the itinerary are the Fenaio lighthouse, the Vaccarecce lighthouse, the Capel Rosso lighthouse and the Giannutri lighthouse.


Sleep in a lighthouse

Is it your dream to sleep in a lighthouse? So, this dream could come true at the Vaccarecce lighthouse. In fact, in 2015, the lighthouse was bought by a young Tuscan designer who wanted to renovate it and turn it into a residence where they could also spend the night.


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