Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A Day on Giannutri Island
So at the ungodly hour of 6-30am, 50 of us depart by bus from Lucca and head south for a 2 and a half hour trip to a small port. From here, after a quick coffee to recharge, we take a 1 hour ferry and arrive at the island at 11am.
Giannutri Island is small - just 3km by 1km - and with 7 other nearby islands, is part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. It's rocky and arid, but has 2 beaches, which we head off to as its 33C today - the 10th consecutive day over 30C; phew, life's tough here in Tuscany!
The beach here is a mixture of pebbles and sand, sort of a cross between an Australian beach and an Italian beach. We find some shade, while most of the others sunbathe on the many flat rocks close by.
Later, we head off on a guided walk to the south of the island, where a historic lighthouse is being restored. The calcareous rock means the water drains quickly, limiting the fauna to hardier plants - although the guide points out rosemary, juniper bushes, a wild olive variety, and a few more.
It looks a lot like Wilson's Prom, minus the ti-tree.
On the walk, we see in the distance the island of Montecristo, the setting for the book and movie 'The Count of Montecristo'.
The landmass in the background of this photo is the island of Giglio....more on that later.
Melanie says she wants to buy it, renovate, and get on 'Grand Designs'.
After returning to the harbour, and another swim, we depart Giannutri on the 4pm ferry and head back to the mainland.
The photo below of the Costa Concordia is from a website.
We take the bus home, arriving just in time to watch Italy beat England in the quarterfinals of Euro2012 - which is great, except that half of Lucca then drives around honking their horns in celebration until 2am!
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