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GIGLIO >> Giglio Castello
The narrow streets, surmounted by arches, the external stair-cases to get into the picturesque houses, the charming foreshortenings closed inside the Medicean city-walls all give Giglio Castello a unique charm. Located on a hill, 400 meters above sea-level, you enter the village on a narrow street that winds through the impressive city-walls and gets in to the area that still shows the reasons for its particular structure: to defend itself from the attacks of enemies coming in from the sea and to take as much advantage as possible of the narrow spaces to build houses. Unfortunately, not even the impressive Pisan rock that seems impregnable managed to keep the pirates away, who for a long time and repeatedly laid waste on the island until the 18:th of November in 1799, when a meager but determined and proud handful of heroes managed to chase the Tunisian invaders away. Since then a feast is held at Giglio Castello on the 18:th of November. A visit at Giglio Castello starts from the city-walls that today show the Medicean setting that they took after the re-construction with ruins from the previously existing Pisan structure.
There are only seven towers left out of the previously existing ten, other than the entrance with three gates that today form the main-entrance to the village. After the populations' bold opposition against the Saracenes, the Mediceans decided to build a large reservoir with a puddle that would guarantee the water-supply to the inhabitants of Castello in case of a siege or dryness. The reservoir can still be seen on the inside of the city-walls. The Giglio Castello church preserves a relic of San Mamiliano who died in 460 at Monte Cristo and a lovely base of a holy-water font composed by a Corinthian capital from the Trajan era, deriving from a Roman settlement on the island. Not far from Castello, along the road for Pietrabona, you find the so-called Valle del Mulino that has gotten its name from the water-mill built to grind the agrarian harvests. Lovers of good wine should not miss the opportunity to visit one of Castello's many cellars where the amber-colored and strong Ansonaco wine is produced and bottled.

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