Landmark of the Maremma, located on a promontory overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and connected to the mainland by three strips of land on the Orbetello Lagoon, Monte Argentario represents an important tourist destination for Tuscany certainly and for all of Italy. Compared to Lake Bolsena we are about 8o kilometers away but if you want to take a wider tour of the area, the Argentario cannot be left out.
At the foot of the promontory known as Monte Argentario there are two villages: Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole (the only municipality of Monte Argentario). They are both ancient fishing villages and today important tourist centers, Porto Santo Stefano is the largest, here is also the port to reach the Island of Giglio and other islands of the Tuscan archipelago. Porto Ercole is smaller but perhaps more fascinating and particular. The strong point of the whole area is certainly the landscape.
On Monte Argentario, 635 meters high, there are numerous paths for lovers of trekking and mountain biking that go up from the sea through the Mediterranean scrub. The beaches in this area are very varied, small and enchanting coves to be discovered with rocky bottoms, also perfect for diving enthusiasts. In the area, however, you can also find different beaches, sandy and wider, these are the two strips of land that connect the Argentario to the mainland: Feniglia and Giannella.
This area was already popular in antiquity and has retained some important elements such as the Spanish forts and watchtowers. Another strong point for the whole area is food and wine. Sea products with typical fish dishes and excellent wines and oils for a cuisine that also includes game in the innermost areas. Another peculiarity of Monte Argentario is the panoramic road that runs along the entire promontory overlooking the sea. It is not entirely accessible by car, but from here you can admire the most beautiful views of Tuscany.
As for the events, the most famous is certainly the Palio Marinaro which takes place on August 15th in Porto Santo Stefano. It is a rowing competition between the four districts of the town: Croce, Fortezza, Pilarella and Valle.