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Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

A look at Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Giglio Castello

Born about 5 million years ago, the Island of Giglio, due to its geographical position had an adventurous and strife history. Already inhabited since the Stone Age, subsequently was chosen by the Etruscans as likely as a military outpost. The island lived one of the moments of greatest splendour under the Roman dominion of the family of the Domizi Enobardi, owners of the monumental Villa Patrizia, located in the locality of Castellari, thus becoming a node fundamental maritime trade between the provinces, as demonstrated by the numerous wrecks in the waters in front of the Island of Giglio. In 805 Carlo Magno donated the island to the Abbey of the Three Fountains, but after various vicissitudes passed to the Aldobrandeschi, the Pannocchieschi, to Gaetani, to the Orsini and the Commune of Perugia. In 1241 in the waters Gigliesi, the fleet of Federico II destroyed the Genovese, that led to Rome the Prelates for the Council convoked by Pope Gregory IX against the emperor himself. Since 1264 the Island of Giglio was held by the Pisans, to whom we owe the urban structure of Giglio Castello. In the following centuries, underwent numerous dominations (including that of the Medici of Florence from the beginning of the XV century) and Saracen raids, one of the most disastrous by the Pirate Khair ad-Din said the Barbarossa, who in 1544 had razed to the ground the country and deported as slaves well 1000 of the 1200 inhabitants of the island. On 18 November 1799 marks the end of barbaric incursions as well as the heroic victory of Gigliesi against the "Turks".

The village of Giglio Castello is located in the central part, more high and internal, of the Island of Giglio. The village, of medieval origins is characterized by the imposing Rocca Aldobrandesca, an integral part of the castle complex together with the features and well preserved walls and some towers.

The Church of San Pietro, dating from the XV century, is the main church of the island, where it preserves a treasure of Pope Innocent XIII and you can admire a magnificent crucifix eburneo, by Giambologna. The church also preserves the relics of San Mamiliano, protector of the island of the Tuscan Archipelago. Perfectly preserved the walls that enclose the entire village. To access them you will pass through the door of the Rocca. The Aldobrandesca Fortress is located in a dominant position along the perimeter walls. There you can enjoy a magnificent view over the whole of the archipelago and the Maremma coast. On clear days, can be seen clearly also the island of Elba and Corsica.

Village of Giglio Castello
Municipality of Isola del Giglio
Province of Grosseto
Tuscany Region

inhabitants: 1.436
Altitude center: 405 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Strada del Vino e dei Sapori Colli di Maremma

Protected Natural Areas:
Tuscan Archipelago National Park

Comune di Isola del Giglio
Via Vittorio Emanuele 2 - Isola del Giglio (GR)
Tel. +39 0564 806064

Pro Loco Isola del GIglio
Via Provinciale 9, Giglio Porto - Isola del Giglio (GR)
Tel. +39 0564 809400

Tuscany: the village of Giglio Castello between the extraordinary view of the archipelago, a glass of Ansonaco and the rabbit cacciatore

The picturesque medieval village of Giglio Castello overlooking the sea and a traditional table made of intense flavors. From traditional fish dishes to wild rabbit to cacciatore to good local wine.

Wine Festival in the Borgo of Giglio Castello

For a few years now the village of Giglio Castello on the Isola del Giglio has held a wine festival at the end of September. Restaurants throw open their doors, chairs and tables spill out onto the pavement, and the local Ansonaco wine flows in abundance.

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Next or present Events

  • 04-12-2019
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-12-04 2019-12-04 Europe/Rome Giglio Castello

Past Events

  • Preseppe Diver

    Traditional Christmas carols, concerts in the church Giglio Castello, procession accompanied by the band body

  • 31-08-2018

Where to sleep

Restaurant Hotel Da Venerio

P.zza R. G. Carducci, 18 58033 , Castel del Piano (GR)
78.21 Kilometers from Giglio Castello

Bi Hotel

Lungomare Andrea Doria, 30, Porto Ercole, Monte Argentario (GR)
25.15 Kilometers from Giglio Castello

Where to eat

Ristorante Pizzeria EL PIRATA

Lungomare Andrea Doria, 24, Porto Ercole, Monte Argentario (GR)
25.15 Kilometers from Giglio Castello

Il Poggio di Teo

Località Stellata, 14 - 58014, Manciano (GR)
57.87 Kilometers from Giglio Castello

Ristorante Il Nibbio

Via del Bivio, 25, Manciano (GR)
56.08 Kilometers from Giglio Castello