Sentiero Caldane3

Hiking on Giglio Island

Spring and fall are the best seasons to delve into the dense network of paths that run the island’s entire length and width, from the sea to the island’s highest point, Pagana at 498 m above sea level. The map of the trails includes 29 hiking routes accessible only on foot, including dirt trails and old mule tracks that connect the three villages, which in the past were ridden astride donkeys. Walking on the island’s trails takes you on a journey of colors, aromas, and breathtaking panoramic views of the Tuscan Archipelago and the opposite coast of the mainland. Surrounded by Mediterranean scrub, you can reach coves, hidden beaches and cliffs of uncommon beauty and spend a day of total peace and quiet far from the beaten tourist track and the hubbub of the towns. Through the support of the European Funds, the Municipality of Giglio Island with Proloco, has cleaned up and repaired trails that had been lost with the gradual abandonment of the countryside by farmers. Now a tourism-based economy, which had once caused the trail system to be abandoned, is what is returning it to life today.
The trails have different difficulty levels. Some can be walked with little difficulty and changes in altitude, whereas others are harder, both for their length and steepness. As the landscape is mainly hilly, some might choose to walk trails only downhill, getting to Giglio Castello by public transport or other motorized vehicles.
Regardless, you should always be well prepared before taking off. We suggest:
β€’ wearing solid hiking shoes and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
β€’ there are no rest stops or cafes along the trails, so it is important to bring enough water;
β€’ carefully choose the time for your excursions. It’s not a problem in spring and fall, but in summer it is better to avoid the hottest hours especially on trails that are exposed to sun at all times.
β€’ be aware of cell phone coverage! At some points in the island, you won’t get reception, especially on the west coast, so be sure to set up any arrangements for getting back, such as by taxi, before you leave;
β€’ Fruit is a good snack to have on hand when you feel fatigued.

Trail no. 1
Mulattiera Giglio Porto- Giglio Castello

Time: 1 hour (uphill)
Length: 1480 mt
Difference in altitude: 373 mt
Difficulty: Medium

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Trail no. 1a
Porto – Monticello – Spiaggia dell’Arenella

Time: 25 min
Length: 720 mt
Difference in altitude: 95 mt
Difficulty: Easy

Trail no. 1b
Strada delle Pietraie, Porto – San Giorgio – Castello

Time: 1.15 hours
Length: 2200 mt
Difference in altitude: 310 mt
Difficulty: Difficult

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Trail no. 2
Provincial road – Santo – Arenella
Time: 25 minutes
Length: 650 mt
Difference in altitude: 130 mt
Difficulty: Easy

Trail no. 3
Castello-Arenella Via Pentovaldo

Time: 2 hours
Difference in altitude: 230 mt
Length: 2000 mt
Difficulty: Difficult

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Trail no. 4
Le Vaccarecce (Old lighthouse) – Scopeto

Time: 30 min
Length: 830 mt
Difference in altitude: 60 mt
Difficulty: Easy

Trail no. 5a
Scopeto-Incrocio Cala Monella

Time: 20 minutes
Difference in altitude: 40 mt
Length: 780 mt
Difficulty: Easy

Trail no. 5b
Cala Monella – Fenaio

Time: 10 minutes
Difference in altitude: 15 mt
Length: 420 mt
Difficulty: Easy

Trail no. 5c
Cala Monella

Time: 20 minutes
Difference in altitude: 110 mt
Length: 500 mt
Difficulty: Medium

Trail no. m5/6
Sea

Time: 15 minutes
Difference in altitude: 110 mt
Length: 500 mt
Difficulty: Medium

Trail no. 6
Scopeto – Fenaio

Time: 40 minutes
Difference in altitude: 40 mt
Length: 1400 mt
Difficulty: Medium

Trail no. 7
Scopeto – Olivello – Prov. Road to Campese

Time: 20 minutes
Difference in altitude: 40 mt
Length: 630 mt
Difficulty: Medium

Trail no. 8
Provincial Road (below Clary village) – Sparavieri – Punta Caramba

Time: 30 minutes
Difference in altitude: 150 mt
Length: 1030 mt
Difficulty: Medium-difficult

Trail no. 9
Campese Provincial Road – Sparavieri – Punta Caramba

Time: 15 minutes
Difference in altitude: 55 mt
Length: 600 mt
Difficulty: Easy

Trail no. 10
G. Castello-Le Grotte

Time: 45 minutes
Difference in altitude: 365 mt
Length: 2250 mt
Difficulty: Difficult

Trail no. 11
G. Castello – Il Gronco – G.Campese

Time: 50 minutes
Difference in altitude: 328 mt
Length: 1600 mt
Difficulty: Difficult

Trail no. 12
Mulattiera, Giglio Castello – Giglio Campese

Time: 50 minutes
Difference in altitude: 350 mt
Length: 2000 mt
Difficulty: Easy

Trail no. 13
Coast donkey trail – Mulattiera del Dolce

Time: 40 minutes
Difference in altitude: 140 mt
Length: 1600 mt
Difficulty: Medium

Trail no. 14a
Dirt road to Allume Valle Ortana – upper Mezzo Franco

Time: 25 minutes
Difference in altitude: 100 mt
Length: 1230 mt
Difficulty: Medium

Trail no. 14b
Mezzo Franco, upper – Franco Mare, middle

Time: 30 minutes
Difference in altitude: 150 mt
Length: 1100 mt
Difficulty: Medium

Trail no. 14c
Pertuso – Mezzo Franco Sopra

Time: 20 minutes
Difference in altitude: 1300 mt
Length: 800 mt
Difficulty: Medium

Trail no. 15
Cala Pozzarelli– Faraglione Donzella

Time: 25 minutes
Difference in altitude: 40 mt
Length: 960 mt
Difficulty: Medium

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Trail no. 16
Giglio Campese – Cala dell’Allume

Time: 20 minutes
Difference in altitude: 80 mt
Length: 650 mt
Difficulty: Easy

Trail no. 17
Giglio Castello – Dolce- Airella- Giglio Campese

Time: 2 hours
Length: 2900 mt
Difficulty: Medium
Difference in altitude: 340 mt

Trail no. 18
Finocchio (Capel Rosso road, intersection 17)

Time: 1 hours
Length: 1000 mt
Difficulty: Medium
Difference in altitude: 150 mt

Trail no. 19c / 19b / 19a
Castello – Le Porte – Castello

Time: 1.1 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 130 mt

Trail no. 20
Le Porte – Poggio della Pagana

Time: 20 min
Length: 440 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 80 mt

Trail no. 21
Le Porte – Cannelle

Time: 1 hours
Length: 2300 mt
Difficulty: Medium/Difficult
Difference in altitude: 380 mt

Trail no. 22
Cala dello Smeraldo

Time: 5 min
Length: 120 mt
Difficulty: Medium
Difference in altitude: 30 mt

 

Trail no. 23
Capo Marino – Caldane

Time: 20 min
Length: 1050 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 0 mt

Trail no. 23
(Porto-) Cannelle – Caldane

Time: 30 min
Length: 2000 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 30 mt

Trail no. 24
Le Porte – La Buzzena – Cala degli Alberi

Time: 2 hours
Length: 3000 mt
Difficulty: Difficult
Difference in altitude: 300 mt

Trail no. 25
Le Porte – Castellucci – Terneti

Time: 45 min
Length: 1000 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 83 mt

Trail no. 25a
Le Porte – Terneti

Time: 20 min
Length: 780 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 10 mt

Trail no. 26
Le Porte – La Bredici

Time: 40 min
Length: 1080 mt
Difficulty: Medium
Difference in altitude: 170 mt

Trail no. 27
Terneti – Sasso Ritto

Time: 30 min
Length: 1350 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 30 mt

Trail no. 28
Castellucci – Capel Rosso

Time: 90 min
Length: 3500 mt
Difficulty: Difficult
Difference in altitude: 380 mt

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Trail no. 28a
End of vehicle roadway – P.Capel Rosso

Time: 35 min
Length: 1350 mt
Difficulty: Medium
Difference in altitude: 170 mt

 

Trail no. 29
Punta del Serrone

Time: 30 min
Length: 1150 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 180 mt

Trail A

Time: 10 min
Length: 350 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 40 mt

Trail A

Time: 5 min
Length: 180 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 0 mt

 

Trail C

Time: 10 min
Length: 300 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 30 mt

Trail D

Time: 10 min
Length: 380 mt
Difficulty: Easy
Difference in altitude: 30 mt