Giannutri is a Stone Age island that's part of Isola del Giglio. A bustling port during the Roman Empire, the island was eventually abandoned and has remained untouched over the centuries.
It's now considered a nature reserve and is protected by Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago Toscano, the biggest marine park in Europe which safeguards 56,766 hectares of sea and 17,887 hectares of land. Tourists are advised against disturbing the island's natural flora and fauna.
We took the Maregiglio ferry from Porto Santo Stefano to reach Giannutri. It runs daily between June and September, and once a week (usually Sundays) during the rest of the year. Tickets can be bought from the port or online via the Maregiglio website where you can also get more information. The same ferry stops at Giglio Island, which we took advantage for island hopping.
To be honest, I'm not sure if the above views were taken on the way to Giannutri or Giglio. I have to say that I end up using two cameras on holiday to get the right colours as I prefer not to use filters as much as possible. But I get mixed up. Which is so very unnatural of me as I have an obsession and compulsion for order. But I was on holiday, and so was my self-diagnosed personality disorder.
The sanguine colour of the buildings and roofs remind me of Dubrovnik, Croatia which seem to have the same coastline, topography, and structures as some parts of Italy that I've seen.
|To be welcomed by this....|
|Stairway down to aquatic heaven|
|Abandoned buildings always attract my curiosity|
|After a 15-minute uphill and downhill trek, we were greeted by the sea|
|Back to the ferries|
|It's currently 17 degrees where I'm sitting. I'm missing this.|
The Toscana series is about to end. If you missed the first few posts, please click on the following links: The Doors and Windows of Tuscany, Roadtrip to Suvereto, and Island Living at Isola del Giglio.
Next time, we'll head to an Italian town where Galileo Galilei famously demonstrated a science experiment.
See you then!