Giglio Castello

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Municipality location situated 405 meters above the sea. Characterized by majestic walls and 3 circular base towers and 7 rectangular base towers, was erected by the Pisani (from Pisa) in the XII century. Enlarged and restored several times by the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, Giglio Castello has kept its original shape. Its main entrance is an extremely complex structure with several arches used for crossefires coming from a very consistent number of archers.

On the internal wall face of the last 3 entrances there is a marble plate representing the Medici batch, who reinforced Giglio Castello after the distruction caused by the Saracens. The magnificent walls from the Medici family where built from those destroyed in the XI century. In the village, from the square in front of the church, it is still possible to admire the antique tank built in 1700 by the Medici, aimed to solve water problems.

The village with it's narrow streets, often with arches and external stairs used to access the upper floors of houses. Piazza XVIII Novembre, location of the important Rocca Aldobrandesca, a massive defense structure, make Giglio Island a fascinating location to visit. Giglio Castello is considered and awarded as one of the most beautiful 1st hundred medieval villages in Italy.

The San Pietro Apostolo church, was most certainly built in the XV century and internally it is possible to admire a considerable number of antique reliques: a Corinthian column of the II century B.C. that holds the basin of holy water, 2 statues dedicated to San Mamiliano and San Pietro of the 1700 period, the XV century marble altar, rests of Pope Urban I and Pope Urban VIII, the antique furnishings of Pope Innocenzo XIII, the 3 paintings of Nasini, the XVI century avory Giambologna crusifix, and reliques of the patron saint, San Mamiliano dating back to 1724 , 2 sabers and 1 gun with prestigious inlays abandoned from the pirates during the last attack in 1799.

Today together with the local shops and characteristic restaurants, it is possible visit Giglio's typical wine cellars, home to the amber-colored, 15C Ansonaco Giglio wine.