The island is part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park and is the southernmost of the Tuscan islands. Its surface is just under 3 km² while the extension of the coast is 11 km, where rocky cliffs prevail.
Its atmosphere of wild solitude attracts nesting birds such as the Peregrine Falcon and the Royal Gull, so much so that it has been named the island of seagulls.
Since ancient Roman times it was considered sacred to the goddess Diana/Artemis due to its crescent shape reminiscent of the sickle used by the goddess.
How to get there
The island can be reached from Porto Santo Stefano every Wednesday and Saturday all year round.
During the summer season there is a weekly connection (Thursdays) from Giglio Island, which is 15 km away. You can consult the calendar available on the website www.maregiglio.it
The only landing points on the island are Cala Maestra and Cala Spalmatoio, where you can admire the remains of the Roman port. The two coves are also the only spots for free bathing, with crystal clear waters in which it is possible to snorkel.
It is possible to walk freely without a guide on the path that connects Cala Maestra to Cala Spalmatoio, in about 15 minutes.
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The payment of the entrance ticket to the Giannutri Island of € 2.50 is required, in force all year round. Payment is due to the Park Authority and is made for the day of access to the island.
It is possible to purchase the ticket through the ticket offices of the shipping companies, online at the link reservations.islepark.it/giannutri or on site at the Bar la Vela, +39 333 1062207.
Those found without the access ticket will be subject to an administrative penalty.
Exemption from payment of the ticket
The following subjects are exempted: children under 12 years, school and university groups (including teachers), disabled people and their carers, institutional staff and those who go to the island for work reasons.
Visit to Villa Romana
In the northwest side of the island (near Cala Maestra) lies the archeological site that preserves the remains of Villa Romana built between I and II century AD by the Domizi Enobarbi family. It is an old residential complex with a seaport. The perimeter walls, columns and floors are decorated with marble and black and white mosaics that are still visible today.The Villa can only be visited with the National Park Guides. From June to September guided tours are also expected on working days (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday). The visit lasts about 45 minutes and can be booked by contacting the Info Park at +39 0565 908231, or directly online at the link: https://infopark.sl3.eu/destination/5-giannutri/
It is possible to book a naturalistic excursion to discover the extraordinary natural environment of Giannutri, lasting about an hour. The walkable trails branch off towards Monte Mario or towards the Punta del Capel Rosso lighthouse, at the southern end of the Island. For those leaving from Porto Santo Stefano there is the possibility to book it at the link (https://infopark.sl3.eu/destination/5-giannutri/), while departing from Giglio Island the ticket can be purchased on the boat on the excursion day.
In the Piazza of Cala Spalmatoio there is a small grocery shop and a bar, which can be contacted:
Alimentari la Cambusa e Bar la Vela, +39 333 1062207
To stay overnight on the Island you can consult the following references:
Animosque, +39 334 1093045 – +39 335 5878295 – https://www.animosque.com/
Moiana Franco (Apartments), +39 338 2295755 – firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Island it is prohibited to bring automobiles or other means of transport, here follow the contacts for short and long stay parking in Porto Santo Stefano:
Asiamel – di Ansideri Miria – +39 328 3521633 – +39 3284552376
Economy Parking – di Monica Monaci – +39 328 7642151
Fanciulli – Banchina Toscana – +39 0564 818699 – +39 336 713299
Departure from the Island of Giglio – ore 10,30
Departure from Giannutri Island – ore 16,00
Round trip prices:
Adult € 28.00 + park fee € 2.50
Children € 14.00
Download here the PDF with the timetable and all the info on the ferries to reach Giannutri.