Isola del Giglio

Isola del Giglio
Comune
Comune di Isola del Giglio
Old Lighthouse on the north of the island
Old Lighthouse on the north of the island
Isola del Giglio is located in Italy
Isola del Giglio
Isola del Giglio
Location of Isola del Giglio in Italy
Coordinates: 42°21′N 10°54′E / 42°21′N 10°54′E / 42.350; 10.900
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
ProvinceGrosseto (GR)
FrazioniIsola di Giannutri, Giglio Castello, Giglio Porto, Giglio Campese
Government
 • MayorSergio Ortelli
Area
 • Total23.80 km2 (9.19 sq mi)
Elevation496 m (1,627 ft)
Population (31 August 2017)
 • Total1,426
 • Density60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Gigliesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code58010, 58012, 58013
Dialing code0564
Patron saintSan Mamiliano
Saint daySeptember 15
WebsiteOfficial website

Isola del Giglio (Italian pronunciation: [ˈiːzola del ˈdʒiʎːo]; English: Giglio Island) is an Italian island and comune situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Tuscany, and is part of the Province of Grosseto. The island is one of seven that form the Tuscan Archipelago, lying within the Arcipelago Toscano National Park. Giglio means "lily" in Italian, and though the name would appear consistent with the insignia of Medici Florence, it derives from Aegilium, "Goat Island", a Latin transliteration of the Greek word for "little goat" (Ancient Greek: Aigýllion, Αιγύλλιον).

In 2012, the cruise ship Costa Concordia foundered off the coast of the island.

Geography

The island is separated by a 16-kilometre (10 mi) stretch of sea from the nearest point of the mainland, the promontory of Monte Argentario. Mainly mountainous, it consists almost entirely of granite, culminating in the Poggio della Pagana, which rises to 496 metres (1,627 ft). Ninety percent of its surface is covered by Mediterranean vegetation, alternating with large pine forests and numerous vineyards which allow the production of the local "Ansonaco" wine. The coast is 27 kilometres (17 mi) long, made up of rocks, smooth cliffs and several bays: Arenella, Cannelle, Caldane and Campese, the biggest one with its small village of the same name.

The municipality is composed of the islands of Giglio and Giannutri. Three principal settlements are located on the main island:

  • Giglio Porto (G. Harbour), located on the eastern coastal side and hosts the port. It is divided into the quarters of Chiesa, Moletto and Saraceno.
  • Giglio Castello (G. Castle), located upon a hill between the two other localities and characterized by the majestic walls of a fortress. It is divided into the quarters of Casamatta, Centro, Cisterna and Rocca.[1]
  • Giglio Campese, it is located on the north-western coastal side and is a modern sea resort.
Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Isola del Giglio
беларуская: Джыліа
Bikol Central: Isola del Giglio
български: Изола дел Джильо
català: Giglio
čeština: Giglio
dansk: Giglio
Ελληνικά: Τζίλιο
español: Isla del Giglio
Esperanto: Isola del Giglio
français: Île de Giglio
հայերեն: Ջիլիո
hrvatski: Giglio
Bahasa Indonesia: Isola del Giglio
lietuvių: Džilijas
Bahasa Melayu: Isola del Giglio
Nederlands: Isola del Giglio
Napulitano: Isola del Giglio
norsk: Giglio
norsk nynorsk: Giglio
Piemontèis: Isola del Giglio
português: Isola del Giglio
русский: Джильо
Simple English: Giglio
српски / srpski: Изола дел Ђиљо
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Isola del Giglio, Grosseto
suomi: Giglio
svenska: Giglio
Tagalog: Giglio Island
tarandíne: Isola del Giglio
Tiếng Việt: Đảo Giglio
中文: 吉廖島