Giglio Island
Giglio Island
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1.0 of 5 bubblesSep 2022
First, I realize no one can control the weather. We had booked a mini cruise from Porto Santo Stefano for 8, Settembre. The weather apps continued to show 95-100% chance storms. Not just rain but potential for stronger storms and wind. I began to try to communicate with the tour operator before we arrived in Italy from the US. They did respond at that time and told me they could either book the next day or cancel if the weather was bad. I kept watching the weather hoping the forecast would change. It didn’t and continued to show bad weather from Porto Santo Stefano and to Giglio. So early in the morning (4am Italy time ) the day Before we were to go, I tried contacting the operator to ask again about the cancellation. I didn’t hear back so send another email through TripAdvisor “contact tour operator” and asked again. I also tried calling the tour operator phone # several times but no answer and it wouldn’t let me leave a message. Then again at 4 pm tonight I wrote them an email again. I took screen shots to prove this. I then resorted to trying to text that same number. Finally at 18:56 he responded that I would be sunny after 10am. None of the weather apps we have showed that it would clear up until after 12 pm at the port we would be departing. So I told him that. He got snarky with me by text and told me that I should trust him and that if I didn’t show they would still charge me. I tried to explain I had been trying to reach him since 4 am which was well within the required 24 hours notice. He got even ruder and couldn’t believe I would be upset that despite my best efforts to reach him he never responded. Would NOT take any responsibility and called me names. VERY unprofessional. He continued to place all the blame on me saying if I was not from here why would I trust the weather apps and not take responsibility. Total lack of any customer respect or service. He then got mad that I told him I had screen shots of everything and called me a bad person just because I am looking out for myself. The sad thing is we really wanted to go. But with storm forecast and being on a open sea we were not going to put our lives in the hand of a person we do not know when all the forecasts said something else. Also we are aware of other ship capsized near Giglio a few years ago. I have traveled a lot and have never had this type of response from a tour operator.

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Nadsvoyage
149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
As the ferry approaches the island, you will feel like you are entering some Conde Naste’s picture. The first little harbour is so picturesque with little restaurants and boutiques. For a day you should go towards the left and walk for about 20 mns to the first beach. Spend the day at least and try the beautiful frappes, ice cream and maybe a cheeky aperitivo before leaving!
Written August 10, 2022
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soulofjoy
Canton of Ticino, Switzerland64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful island, really very lovely. Special costal walks with a view of the clear blue, turquoise and acqua marine waters. Small but unique beaches. Proud, kind islanders. Fantastic stone-walled castle town at the top of the island. Wonderful port area to sit and watch the boats moor and move around. A relaxed, slow pace of life. If you respect the island and behave with respect, humility, grace towards the island and islanders they reciprocate with the most beautiful of smiles and generosity of spirit. Important to limit the number of day - visitors/cars or educate tourists to respect the environment and island life. Promote quality instead of quantity in all areas even in or especially in the busy summer season. We love Giglio island and the special people who live on the island.
Written August 26, 2020
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Yachtjudge
Lymington, Hampshire,England423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The island of Gigliio is just under an hour by ferry from the fashionalble port of Santo Stefano.

It has a tiny harbour and town plus a walled mountain top village Giglio Castello.

I went, with some friends for the day and was utterly captivated. Ferries run every couple of hours or so - local travel bureaus have the timings and the cost was around 20 Euros return. We didn't have time to stay in the port but caught a bus which connects to the ferry and runs up to Giglio Castello.

We spent a couple of hours walking around the village inside the walls. The church is particularly pretty and is open to visitors. We had arrived at the town mid morning so were ready for lunch. We had looked for restaurants, seen tw and didn't particularly fancy either of them when we found Ristorante Arcobalena - almost hidden away above a flight of stairs. The meal we had there was memorable - see separate review. During our meal our very friendy host (Francesco Carfagna) invited us to see his vineyard on the unspoilt West of the island. It was absolutely beautiful. The vineyard was only bought by the family in 1999 and currently produces 5 - 6000 bottles of white wine and around 500 bottles of red wine annually. The white wine is stunning and only sold to a couple of outlets - their own restaurant "arcobalena" and Il Pellicano in Monte Argentario. The red wine is currently not sold ( although I was given a bottle as a present to try in 3 years time!!

The family arrange concerts in the vineyard during the summer and will also do meals there - to watch the sunset whilst eating "Arcobalena" food and drinking their wine would be a very special experience. See the website www.arcobalena.net

We were driven back to the ferry by Francesco Carfagna - a fabulous end to a memorable day trip.
Written October 5, 2009
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245feap
Bergen, Norway91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
Giglio is a very charming island with a lot of sights, good food and things to do, but in this review I will only focus on the possibility for a very nice day on the beach if you want to get away from the overcrowded mainland beaches.

Take the ferry from Porto Santo Stefano (Euro 23 return) and hop on a beach boat to Caldane beach (10 minutes, euro 10 return). When you arrive at Giglio, the Costa Concordia is of course a disgrace, but the port is pleasant and with the short boatride to Caldane you get to a small, beatutiful sandy beach, surrounded by cliffs and green forest. You can rent a sunbed and a parasole (euro 10), or you can stay on the beach og the cliffs for free. Crystal clear water, lovely surroundings, not overcrowded!

Bring your own food and drink, there is no cafe or restaurant on the beach. There´s an Alimentari and a pizza/ sandwich shop in the port where you can buy what you need before you hop on the beach boat.
Written July 26, 2013
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Tvlgy
Media, PA96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
My wife and I took a day trip to visit Giglio Island while in Porto Santo Stefano. It is a very easy ferry ride from the dock in Porto Santo Stefano. Tickets round trip are 20 euros pp and the ferry ride is a beautiful slow ride that last about an hour. The ferry also transports cars if you want to take your rental. We chose to leave the rental behind.

The trip to Giglio is very scenic. As you pull in to the port you go right next to the Concordia Cruise Ship that ran a a ground back in May 2012. So close you feel like you can touch it...that was very neat to see.

The village itself is full of shops and restaurants. We had a great lunch and spent about three house exploring and taking photos. Our time was limited, so we did not visit the walled castle on the top of the island...I was told the views were superb. We also di not go to the other side of the the island to visit the famous beach call Giglio Campese. We were also told this was a great location. All are easily accessible from a public bus that runs hourly back and forth from Porto Giglio to Campese Beach stopping at the castle each way.

We wished we had taken an earlier ferry so we had more time to explore.

It is a great day trip and worth the visit if you are in the area.

Written October 17, 2012
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Jean C
Boston, MA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
Without exception one of the high moments of my recent trip. We hiked to the Casello at the top of the town. Had some much needed water and a glass of the local wine. Then took the bus to the beach ( accidentally). Had a sandwich and sat on the beach and enjoyed the moment. Did some shopping had a couple on bottles of wine with the group and headed back on the ferry. Great day...lots of memories!!
Written October 17, 2014
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HMBoston
Boston, MA188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
I took a 1 hour ferry from Porto Santo Stefano, departed at 10:30 in June. Two ferry companies operate. A return ticket is 24.50Euros.

Nice change day at the beach. Felt more remote than the other beaches on mainland. very nice water. you can see Corsica.

A bus service is scheduled to sync with the ferry on arrival in Giglio. You have 15 minutes after arriving in Giglio to catch the bus, that goes up to Giglio Castelo and then down the other side of the island to Campese beach. Campese beach is a full service tourist beach with sun beds, restaurants etc. You can walk to beach called cannelle in 15 minutes from the main town. I did notice a taxi service.

Note on travel/transport planning: I got the last ferry home at 7pm. I needed to catch a bus to Porto Ercole - it took 90 min. I had to transfer at bus stop 'terra rossa' and wait 30+ min for the bus to Porto Ercole. If I got the 5:15 ferry home I could have got a direct bus, and the trip is 39 minutes
Written June 29, 2016
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Caipucci
Stellenbosch, South Africa34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
quick ( but not exactly cheap) ferry trip from Porto Santo Stefano, we took our Motorcycle along for the day. got to see the wreck of the Concordia, which is not only a blight on the landscape, but also ALMOST landed in the harbour.. a sad but awesome sight. We were greated by a quaint harbour town with many little nick nack shops and eateries.. very touristy. the trip to the fortress atop the island was great, Breathtaking views. the highlight is the small village of Campese, beautiful beach, great place indeed. worthe the trip over, if not to stay even longer!
Written July 24, 2013
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ms.go-go
Dahlonega, GA1,587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
Of course I want to say that I came here to view the costa Concordia wreckage. I did. It is horrific. But ht island is charming and I had a nice time collecting sea glass and having lunch. It was a nice ferry ride from Porto S Stefano. We did not ferry our car and wish we did to explore more. Friendly people and town.
Written October 20, 2012
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66travelor
Gambrills, MD464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
We walked up the road to the path up to the top of the mountain.....it was steep and solid granite in places...I was a bit nervous with a 7 month old knee replacement but it was worth every bit of effort....the view from the top as well as going up was sensational,,,,,it was a clear day and we could Elba, Corsica and Sardenia. Once at the top after a little stroll we walked through a pine forest with the needles on the ground and looked for Porcini. .
Written October 21, 2015
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