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Excursion to Giglio, Giannutri and Montecristo

Excursion to Giglio, Giannutri and Montecristo

Date: dal 10/04/2009 al 13/04/2009
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Price: 150 € Guide and Insurance
Min. participants:

The two most southern islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, the small and uninhabited Giannutri with its lighthouse and Grottoni The isolation is the caracteristic of Giglio, is a gem not far from the promontory of Argentario, and is rich of history and natural beauty.

Program:

Day 1 – Arrival of participants at the ticket office at sea in Porto Santo Stefano. Departure for the island of Giannutri, the most southerly island of the Tuscan Archipelago and the characteristic crescent shape. Walk among the euphorbias and herring gull nests up to the lighthouse, located on the Grottoni formations, caves carved by wind and sea. Back in Porto Santo Stefano and boarding for the island of Giglio; arrival for around 19.00, hotel ***, dinner and free walk to the characteristic village of Porto.

Day 2 – After breakfast, excursion to Giglio Castello (400 mt), visiting the charming historic town, we continue the trip to the south of the island along the ridge, packed lunch and down to one of the most beautiful bays of ‘island; back in the late afternoon. After dinner, stroll to the beach can dell’Arenella.

Day 3 – Hike the Island of Montecristo. – To visit the island you must request a permit to Forest Follonica. Are admitted only 1,000 visitors a year and the average waiting time for approval is three years. You can not sleep and are prohibited fishing swimming and boating within thousand meters from the coast. The tours take place only within the three existing trails, all very demanding. The connection is via boats specially booked for which data must be reported to the Forest and arriving just in Cala Maestra, the only point of arriving, with sandy bottoms, near the Cala sorge the nineteenth Villa Reale, with an interesting botanical garden and a small museum of natural history. The island was uninhabited and still today there are only two permanent guardians, and alternating from week to week, some officials of the Forestry of the State. The conditions that have prevented the population favored the thriving flora and fauna. In particular, Montecristo, live plant and animal species once widespread throughout the Mediterranean Sea and is now last only here as the viper of Monte Cristo (a variety of exclusive) and the discoglosso Sardinian (an amphibian found only on the and Sardinia). The island is also a privileged place to stop for thousands of migratory birds. The island of Montecristo is also home to an interesting flock of wild goats. The marine environment is very rich: there are meadows of Posidonia, sea anemones, sea fans, corals, fish and moon until the late 70s, were the monk seals, the species is now virtually disappeared in the Mediterranean. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 (alternative) – excursion to Giglio. From Castle to the west to the largest beach of the island, the Campese with his sand rich in quartz and fluorite pink, typical of the island. From the beach and continue along the path that leads up to the tip of the tall rock that controls the entry into the bay. Opportunity to go to Cala dell’Allume resigned with the mine. Return to hotel, boarding and arrival in Santo Stefano in the late afternoon.

 


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