Porto Ercole, Argentario is a small town, which has managed to retain the look of a fishing village, and whose historic core, which is accessed via port of Pisa, topped by a clock tower, is still surrounded by walls wall.
Places to visit:
Philip Forte and Forte Santa Caterina:
These are two sixteenth-century fortifications that lie just outside the village, and were part of the fortifications built by the Spaniards to defend the coast from pirates.
Palace of the Governors:
It 'a sixteenth century building, built to house the Spanish rulers. It overlooks the Piazza of Santa Barbara, where it dominates the harbor.
Church of St. Erasmus:
Here were buried the ancient Spanish rulers, and according to some, is buried there also Caravaggio. It is located in the old part of the town, not far from the port of Pisa.
The property overlooks the village; was built in the Renaissance, although some structures were already in place.
The name comes from its shape in six-pointed star, all used in the sixteenth century, such as workstations Towers; is one of the best fortifications built in this area. The view from the tips of the fort, is truly breathtaking.
Environment and territory
This area is mostly rocky, covered by Mediterranean scrub and cultivation. In this area there are contrasting environments, such as sandy and rocky beaches, pine forests and lagoons. In ancient times, it was an island that was later connected to the mainland by two strips of sand and soil covered with vegetation, because of ocean currents and the deposits of the river Albenga: the Giannella the north and the south of Feniglia. In the middle lies the lagoon, called to East or West depending on the area. The part indicated as Levante is an area with deeper water and less salty, while the western is a predominantly marshy environment; this trait is linked to the mainland by a man-made embankment that was built to connect with the centers Orbetello Argentario.
Just about the area Feniglia is the Natural Reserve Forest protection of the dune Fenglia; founded in 1971, is a hill about 500 hectares reforested by the administration gradually forest with pine trees, mainly of domestic type. This greening of the area has allowed us to firmly attach the ground and protect the hinterland from the sea winds. The area to the north, closer to Orbetello, is typically marsh where you can see many varieties of birds; This area covers about 800 acres and is equipped with facilities such as observation towers, observatories and trails.
Also recently, the area became a National Park, which has as its principal wealth of rare specimens and spatula flamingo living in the reeds of the lagoon.
The highest peak of the mountain is Mount Telegraph, which barely touches the 635m.
Free beach (with the possibility to rent beach umbrellas and sun beds) are sandy with small pebbles exposed to southerly winds (S-SE). The bottom has pebbles at the beginning and then become spordici sandy with rocks. To access the beach you have to follow the signs to the Hotel Pelican, arrived outside the hotel entrance go left on the footpath (about 100 meters) of low difficulty.
It is a beautiful beach with umbrellas and sun loungers rental service, is mainly sandy with low cliffs exposed to southerly winds (S-SO). The access is located on the scenic route coming from Porto Ercole, about 500 meters after the 1 km (in practice a few meters before the junction for Forte Stella). The path (well signposted) is about 200 meters long, considered, however, that in some places is quite steep and not easily walkable.
It is the closest beach to the town of Porto Ercole, access is located on the scenic road about 100 meters after the 0 km. It consists of pebbles and sand, and is exposed to southerly winds (S-SE). One part is the free beach and another is occupied by bathing. To get there from the beach along a path (smooth) of about 100 meters.
Feniglia beach is a 7 km long strip of sand that connects the Argentario to the mainland. The sand is fine and clear, there are a few beaches, but for the most part is free beach. If you like walking you can find isolated points and savage even in summer. The whole beach is bordered by a beautiful pine forest: the Natural Dune Reserve Feniglia which is a protected natural area. The Feniglia is easily accessible, and once they leave the car in the parking lots outside, you can walk a few meters walk away, or venture further on foot or by bicycle in the nature reserve and opt for the most isolated points.