Things to See and Do on the Italian Isle of Giannutri

Roman ruins on Giannutri

Giannutri is the smallest and most southern of the inhabited islands of the Tuscan Archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea. At first glance, it doesn’t look like much. Other than being in the shape of a half moon and having large boulders of volcanic rocks scattered about, it would seem that there’s not much to it.

The Island

Waters of Giannutri; photo source unknown
On the contrary, there’s plenty. Bars and clubs it’s devoid of, but serenity and natural beauty it has in droves. Due to it not having any beaches, the island’s coast is quite rocky and devoid of sand and the typical sunbathing tourist. This, along with its clear waters and shifting rock falls have made it one of the best diving sites in the Mediterranean.

The ancient Romans were big fans of the place. They built a small port on the seemingly isolated and inaccessible island and dotted it with vineyards, villas and olive trees.

Things to See and do on Giannutri

More Roman ruins…
Not much has changed. Ruins of the Roman sites are still there. With cars being forbidden and the island being mostly uninhabited, Giannutri is more or less the same as it was centuries ago. There are flowers and fauna galore along with a few trails that can be explored.

Offshore is even better. As mentioned earlier, Giannutri is a great diving destination. You can swim or snorkel alongside dolphins, sea horses, turtles and explore underwater meadows and ravines alongside ancient sea wrecks and scores of fish.

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