Friday, 29 August 2014

Nature Tripping at Giannutri Island

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.

Disembarking the Maregiglio onto Giannutri...

To be welcomed by this....

Sunbathing au naturel

Stairway down to aquatic heaven

The 15-minute hike up begins to get to the other side of the island

Abandoned buildings always attract my curiosity

After a 15-minute uphill and downhill trek, we were greeted by the sea

Back to the ferries

Of course I had to do a selfie. I'm perfecting this craft, you see.

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!


  1. Picturesque and postcard-like. I love the idea of you switching cameras to give us the most beautiful images to look at ha ha. Island hopping is so cool isn't it, that's kind of what I like about a cruises. I hope your obsession and compulsion for order has now returned. Have a great week babes xx

    1. Yes they have returned, and so have work. I'm obsessed with capturing the real colours of nature when I take photos. Glad you liked them :D x

  2. Love the sunny snaps! This is what holidays should look like.

  3. AWESOME post as always :) I hope you had a great fall so far dear.

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