Coordinates: 42°21′18″N 10°54′18″E / 42.35500°N 10.90500°E / 42.35500; 10.90500
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Isola del Giglio
Comune di Isola del Giglio
Giglio Harbour
Giglio Harbour
Location of Isola del Giglio
Isola del Giglio is located in Italy
Isola del Giglio
Isola del Giglio
Location of Isola del Giglio in Italy
Isola del Giglio is located in Tuscany
Isola del Giglio
Isola del Giglio
Isola del Giglio (Tuscany)
Coordinates: 42°21′18″N 10°54′18″E / 42.35500°N 10.90500°E / 42.35500; 10.90500
ProvinceGrosseto (GR)
FrazioniIsola di Giannutri, Giglio Castello, Giglio Porto, Giglio Campese
 • MayorSergio Ortelli (since June 2009)
 • Total23.80 km2 (9.19 sq mi)
405 m (1,329 ft)
 (30 April 2009)[2]
 • Total1,458
 • Density61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
58010, 58012, 58013
Dialing code0564
Patron saintSan Mamiliano
Saint daySeptember 15
WebsiteOfficial website

Giglio Island (Italian: Isola del Giglio) is an island and Italian commune located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Tuscany, part of the Province of Grosseto, and part of Tuscan Archipelago

Geography[change | change source]

The island is separated by a 16 km stretch of sea from the Argentario promontory: mainly mountainous, it is almost all granite with the highest point the Poggio della Pagana (496 m). 90% of its surface is covered by Mediterranean vegetation alternating with large pine forests and numerous vineyards which enable the production of the famous "Ansonaco" wine. The coast is 27 km long, made up of rocks, of smooth cliffs and several bays: Arenella, Cannelle, Caldane and Campese, the biggest one with its little village of the same name.

A beach on Giglio Island, with a view of Mount Argentario on the Tuscanian coast.

History[change | change source]

The modern island was probably born 4.5 - 5 millions years ago, and people have lived there since the Iron Age. Later it was probably an Etruscan military stronghold. Under the Romans it was an important base in the Tyrrhenian Sea, written about, for example, by Julius Caesar in his De Bello Gallico and by the poet Rutilius Claudius Namatianus.

In 805 it was given by Charlemagne to the abbey of the Tre Fontane in Rome, and was later a possession of Aldobrandeschi, Pannocchieschi, Caetani, Orsini families and the town of Perugia. In 1241 the Sicilian fleet of Emperor Frederick II destroyed a Genoese fleet. From 1264 Giglio was a Pisane dominion, from which it passed to the Medici. It suffered several Saracen attacks, which ended only in 1799.

Alongside its history the island was always renowned for its mineral resources: many columns and edifices in Rome were built with the Gigliese granite.

How the island was[change | change source]

The island has the remains of a Roman villa of Domitius Ahenobarbus (1st-2nd centuries), in the area of Giglio Porto. No traces of the Temple of Diana once existing now can be seen. The church of San Pietro Apostolo in Giglio Castello has an ivory crucifix believed to be by Giambologna

It is also site of an Etruscan shipwreck, dating to the early Iron Age, c. 600 BC. The cargo of the ship included copper and lead ingots, iron spits, amphorae and a Corinthian helmet. Even a wooden writing tablet with stylus was preserved. The finds are almost completely lost now.

Transportation[change | change source]

Isola del Giglio is connected to Tuscany by ferries starting from Porto Santo Stefano and Orbetello Scalo.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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