Tourists traveling by ferry to Giannutri debark at a relatively virgin island with rich nature and underwater world, also known as the isle of gulls!
All passengers who are visiting Giannutri will be amazed by this small island's credentials. It is literally a natural paradise and this is the reason it is protected by the Archipelago Toscano National Park. No cars allowed and relatively no roads existing, most of the island is privately owned. The only part you can walk freely is from Cala Spalmatoio, one of the two ports there, to Cala Maestra, the second port. If someone wants to explore more, it has to be done with the company of a tourist guide and after taking permission from the Archipelago Toscano National Park. Giannutri is very famous for containing one of the most important colonies of gulls (Poggio del Cannone) but also for its four tall rocky peaks coming out from the sea, Poggio Capel Rosso, Monte Mario, Monte Adami and Poggio del Cannone which, from distance, form the silhouette of a rooster. Additionally, if seen from above, this small isle has the shape of a half-moon causing it to be sacred to the Roman lunar Goddess Dania in ancient times. It was named Dianium by the Romand and Artemisia by the Greeks.
After arriving to Giannutri, the first thing you see is the old Roman port Cala Spalmatoio and the small village which includes only one bar/restaurant so it will be good for you to be loaded with water and food before you land. There is also a beautiful rocky beach northeast where you can take a dive in the crystal clear waters. A second and almost same beach lies northwest, at the other port of the island, Cala Maestra. Walking from Cala Spalmatoio towards Cala Maestra you can reach Punta San Francesco and witness a magical landscape where you can take photos. Poggio Capel Rosso which is 90 meters high and the Capel Rosso Lighthouse are the next sights you can visit. The wildest part of the island exists there so it will be an ideal stop for the nature lovers to observe the charm of the isle along with the rock caves next to the sea, the so-called Grottoni. Lastly, reaching Cala Maestra, visitors are about to eyewitness one of the island's main attractions, the ancient Roman villa Domitia, built by the Domitii Enobarbi family who also built a residential complex and a port on the isle. If it's allowed, tourists can see the inside of the old villa and wander in the rooms. It is notable to say that the villa offers a spectacular view over the Punta Scaletta sea. Except for nature enthusiasts, Giannutri is also famous to divers for its wealthy sea involving sea sponge, corals and beautiful aquatic plants as well as some old shipwrecks.
Giannutri is a very small island with a length and width of 3 kilometers and 500 meters respectively. It abstains 8 nautical miles southeast of Giglio and 6 nautical miles southwest of Monte Argentario. It's the southernmost island of the Tuscan Archipelago and the second smallest of the Tuscan Islands. Its half-moon shape forms the gulf of Spalmatoio. Ferry routes Giannutri occur from and to Livorno and Gorgona, especially in high season months.