June 10, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO GIGLIO ISLAND, ITALY
From LAX, Alitalia offers nonstop service to Rome; Lufthansa, American, British, Delta, U.S. Airways, Swiss, United, Iberia and KLM offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted roundtrip fares begin at $1,174, including taxes and fees. Drive or take the train to Porto Santo Stefano, where you catch the ferry (www.toremar.it, http://www.maregiglio.it) to Giglio. Fares from $10.
To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 39 (the country code for Italy) and the local number.
WHERE TO STAY
Trudy Brandaglia at Immobiliare Brandaglia, 0564-809-245, http://www.brandaglia.com, can find you vacation rentals.
Pardini's Hermitage, Cala degli Alberi, Giglio Porto; 0564-809-034, http://www.hermit.it. Hidden in the woods with its own farm. You get there only by boat, but they'll come and pick you up. Rooms from about $243 per person per night in the high season.
L'Arenella Hotel, 5 Via Arenella, Giglio Porto; 0564-809-340, http://www.hotelarenella.com. Modern, stylish hotel with balconies and sea views. Rooms from about $112 per person per night in the high season, breakfast included.
WHERE TO EAT
La Paloma, 1 Via Umberto, Giglio Porto; 0564-809-233. Local fish cooked by Claudio Bossini in the shady back garden.
La Vecchia Pergola, 30 Via Thaon de Revel, Giglio Porto; 0564-809-051. Grilled seafood; be sure to reserve because it's popular. Main dishes from about $15.
TO LEARN MORE
Giglio Information Office, 9 Via Provinciale, Giglio Porto; 0564-809-400, http://www.isoladelgiglio.it
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