Torre di Campese

If you wander to the north of Giglio Campese, you’ll find the Torre di Campese.

Built in the 18th century at the behest of Cosimo Medici, this tower was originally separated from the bay and used to guard Giglio Island from the frequent pirate attacks.

According to the locals, it’s the location of the 1799 Tunisian pirate attack, one of the worst battles in Giglio’s history.

After the 19th century, the tower was decommissioned and sold as a private property.

It was once home to the eccentric Genovese captain Enrico Alberto d’Albertis.

Today the tower is connected to the bay by a small bridge and is a great place to admire the waters from or just sit and soak your feet under the shade of the terracotta roof.