isola del giglio

Historical local personalities

This page is dedicated to all those men and women who stand a cut above the rest because of artistic, institutional, cultural or patriotic merit, whose reputations among the island community are worthy of note. This record is made so that these deeds might be known by future generations and might instill in our youth a devotion to our island and inspire them to seek wisdom and knowledge with the same spirit.


Historian and scholar of the second half of the 19th century, he graduated from Pisa University and thereafter discovered his passion for the history of Giglio. It was here he became solicitor and town clerk, and having therefore free access to the Local Historic Archive, he was fortunate to discover the book "Libro degli Statuti dell'Isola del Giglio", which was a collection of the island's statutory laws written in 1558. Thanks to his knowledge and insight, he wrote a text published in the newspaper "L'Ombrone" (from 1898 to 1900) entitled "Cenno storico dell'Isola del Giglio" which even today remains the most renowned treatise documenting the history of the community of Giglio Island.


Born on Isola del Giglio in 1899, he was country-born but showed from the beginning a particular aptitude for music, which he improved by attending the clarinet classes held by the conductor of the local community band. During World War I, he enlisted but thanks to his musical skills he was employed in the naval band on the Andrea Doria. When the war ended, he went to Naples to attend clarinet classes held by Maestro Cesare Andrea Bixio, a famous composer of theatre, cinema, radio and television scores. He later became director of the community band of Giglio Castello and Giglio Porto and subsequently moved to Porto Santo Stefano where he was appointed to start a community band there. He continued his studies at the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna and participated in various music competitions, winning the Piedigrotta Festival in Naples.

Mr. Baffigi was a man of principle and virtue, and he dedicated his entire life to music. He died in 1977 at the age of 78.


Born in Giglio Castello in 1821, he showed a talent for music from the very beginning. His modest family managed to enroll him in the Conservatorio Musicale di Firenze where he learned to play the trumpet. He then played for the Carabinieri Military Band as headmaster. His musical career was outstanding and successful: he even played in Paris in front of Pope Pious IX in 1857.
He was an important patriot during the Italian struggle for independence and unification, fighting with Garibaldi against the Austrians. He wrote together with Mr. A. Brofferio, the "Canzone delle Guerra del 1866" ("Songs of the War of 1866") in occasion of the liberation of Veneto.


He was Genoan, born in Voltri in 1846. He was a great sailor, writer and explorer. The Captain sailed around the world three times and sailed around Africa once. During his respites he enjoyed spending his time in the Tower of Campese. Throughout his life, he always cultivated his passion for sundials, which he loved to build and to give as presents to his friends. One of his creations can be admired in Giglio Campese on the front of a house near the Campese Tower.


A toast: not only the fallen fighters in the two great wars, but also to the patriots who joined Garibaldi in the Expedition of the Thousand and were active in the Italian Unification.

And to all the islanders who have emigrated to the rest of the world as well as those who never moved away from our little rock, regardless of the high cost of spending their lives at sea, working the tilled earth or in the darkness of the mineshafts of Giglio Campese.

To all the islanders who over the centuries defended against and suffered pirate attacks in the protection of their native land, and in particular to those few in number that, despite hopeless odds, defended the island and drove away the Saracen invaders on that fateful day, November 18, 1799.

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