For the final destination of your trip, we recommend Giglio. Accessible by boat from Elba, this island is the home of many of the archipelago’s most recognisable dishes. Panficato is one of these, a dense and heavy bread made from jam, walnuts, figs and oranges and can be shaped into biscuits or cakes. Giglio also is home to great seafood: tonnina is a typical dish of tuna fillet or belly is often served with local tomatoes and salad. To go along with these seafood flavours, why not try Ansonica. This is a white wine that is made in the hills of the Silver Coast of the Argentario as well as in Giglio.
There are, however, many more things to do than just eat on Giglio. Its natural beauty and marine wildlife are second to none. The pristine waters around the island are perfect for diving and snorkelling, or even just for swimming and enjoying the beaches at Arnella, Porto, Canelle and Caldane. Dotted around these bays you will find the characteristic granite cliffs that provide the stone for the majority of the buildings on the island.
The main settlements to visit are the fortified Giglio Porto and Campese. Giglio Porto is characteristic of the island with most of the buildings and its large medieval walls building from the pink coloured granite that makes the island famous. This charming village really feels like a step back in time with its medieval fortifications and defensive towers that you can reach with a short hike. These walls and towers have seen many naval battles and pirate raids in the sea below. The Church of San Pietro in Giglio hosts various artistic treasures and relics that have been preserved by the local community. Campese is a little different, overlooking a huge beach and containing a charming square and a tower built by Ferdinando I de’Medici. Unlike Porto Giglio, most of its ancient fortifications have been lost to pirate raids, especially the devastating 1799 attack.
Il Giglio can be reached from Porto Azzurro, only during the summer season.