Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Island Living at Isola del Giglio

First, my apologies to readers who've been following this series about Tuscany. I've been away for a few days and over the bank holiday weekend (took advantage of the last public holiday in the UK before Christmas and Boxing Day), I haven't had the chance to post. 

We're taking a reverse tour to Isola del Giglio instead of visiting Giannutri first. Giglio Island became a household name, at least here in Europe, when on 13 January 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia sank off the coast of Isola del Giglio. It took another two years before the ship was towed to Genoa, just a few weeks before my friends and I were in the island in early August.

Having spent the first 12 years of my life in a coastal town, I know that I could live in an island despite years of being a big city dweller. A town such as Giglio makes me want to recreate my childhood. This time though, instead of the tropical surroundings I grew up in, I'd love to relive the past in a quaintly stylish Mediterranean setting.

Chiesa SS. Lorenzo e Mamiliano. That is, if I'm not mistaken.

I'm not religious in any way, but I love visiting local churches of famous and infamous towns

Giglio means lily in Italian. The ceiling of the church is heavily decorated with fleur-de-lis images, which incidentally, is the insignia of the St Paul school I went to as a girl, that symbolises a blossoming woman If I can correctly recall what the nuns taught me.

A glass display of items salvaged from the Costa Concordia wreckage is inside the church. The label says 'No! Non Potremo Mai Dimenticare' which is translated to English as 'We Will Never Be Able To Forget.'

As numbered. 1. Leftover bread on the floor of the church inside the ship; 2. Infant Jesus from the chapel of Costa Concordia; 3. Altar crucifix; 5. Recognition from the "p. Luciano Baffigi" Committee; 7 and 8. Recognition from the city of Pozzallo (Sicily)

4. Tabernacle; 9. Rope left in the church; 10. Safety helmet left in the church; 11. Windproof oilskin; 12. Life vest; 13. A fragment of the granite rock hit by Costa Concordia; 14. Fuel oil tank of the ship

The Balinese trousers make an appearance again. In a sidestreet.

Right on your doorstep, and can be found by tourists by walking around the sidestreets

Some locals have private access to the sea as you can see with the metal stair rails on the left similar to a swimming pool's

Above with my boys, er, girls, er, boys. Same.

My favourite scenery...

A trip to Italy isn't a trip without gelato. Lemone and pesca for me, please

Click on 'The Doors and Windows of Tuscany' and 'Road Trip to Suvereto' if you missed the first couple of posts on the Tuscany series. Hope you virtually enjoy the trip with me.

The series isn't over yet. More coming up soon!


  1. aaaah it's taking me back. As well as the surroundings, scenery, architecture, another cool thing about the Med is how darn close it is to England. I used to do Caribbean and American holidays but I just cant be doing with the long haul flights. Those pics of you in the sea are just gorgeous - I remember seeing one on Insta. I couldn't agree more about the gelato but I sacrificed having too many in favour of more cocktails on the ship eeek. Have a great week xx

    1. Cocktails instead of gelato? That's absolutely fine. You must do it more often! It's true, these European hideaways are so close to us, but we still go somewhere else! On the other hand, those in mainland Europe always make London their last stop. We are strange people. Hahaha. Week's about to end. Have fun! x

  2. It is unfortunate that this beautiful town is associated with this tragic event. It looks like such a cosy place and the colour of the sea is fantastic.

    Regarding your question: in Luxembourg you get 25-35 days off a year (depending in which sector you work), plus 9-10 bank holidays. As a teacher you get about 15 weeks off (paid).

    1. The sea was so clear and very blue. I love the shallow green part also. It's a very cosy place indeed and even Italians themselves from other parts of Tuscany come to Giglio.

      Oh ok, so there's not much difference between the UK and Luxembourg. Except we get less bank holidays.

  3. What a beautiful island wirh crystal clear water. It looks so relaxed and quite unspoilt with those pretty pastel coloured houses. I always like the snippets of information in your travel posts, such as Giglio meaning Lily!. A poignant reminder in the church of the Costa Concordia tragedy.

    1. Yes you're right miss b, it's the fact that it's unspoilt that I loved about it. Very colourful town also. Thank you for liking the snippets :) I got curious so I checked. I grew up in a school full of lily images so it was like a flashback.


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