Giglio Campese is on the western side of the island, overlooking Campese Bay and closed off to the north by the 16th-century Torre del Campese, built for sighting ships coming from the western side of the island so they could give immediate notice to Giglio Castello. Fun fact: the tower became famous after it heroically defended the island from a fleet of pirates when they launched an attack in 1799!
Giglio Campese saw a significant economic boost when a pyrite mine opened in 1938, providing many local families with a livelihood. Mining continued until 1962, and today you can see traces of this activity in the old machinery visible from the beach.
For those interested in hiking, trail n. 15 leaves from Campese, leading to the “Faraglione” and Cala Pozzarello on the Franco promontory. The path winds along the top of the cliff and boasts excellent views of the crystal-clear waters of the bay.