Monte Argentario is the promontory that marks the natural division between Tuscany and Lazio. It has maintained its wild soul over time, softened by characteristic maritime villages and the sea breeze coming from the islands of Giglio and Giannutri.
Two thin strips join it to the land, the sand of Giannella bathed by breathtaking sunsets, the Feniglia reserve for unforgettable walks. At the centre of the two strips is Orbetello and its lagoon. It is the ideal location for those who love to experience luxuriant nature, rocky coves, endless beaches and the clearest sea.
Like two small windows facing the Italian peninsula, Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole are the two most important villages on the promontory. The first, which faces north, is the seat of the Comune dell'Argentario and is a tourist and seaside resort par excellence, dominated by the Spanish Fortress.
The second, Porto Ercole, is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Protected by its walls, it hosts boats and yachts that do not change the familiar atmosphere of the small village.
These are the two strips of sand that unite Argentario with the mainland. La Feniglia with its endless beach that winks at the hill of Ansedonia and its paths immersed in the deepest green. La Giannella with its sunsets and waves perfect for sailing sports. In the centre is the Orbetello lagoon, a WWF oasis of international importance, a stopover on several migratory routes that make it a holiday home for thousands of birds.
Legend has it that the goddess Venus, emerging from the Tyrrhenian Sea, dropped seven magnificent pearls from her necklace into the sea, thus giving rise to the seven sister islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. In full view in front of the Argentario promontory are the island of Giglio, with its castle and immaculate coves, and the island of Giannutri, lush and almost completely uninhabited. These are the two sisters that can be reached by boats and dinghies, while for all the others (Montecristo, Capraia, Elba, Pianosa and Gorgona) it is possible to organise a mini-cruise.
The Maremma Grossetana, part of the wider Maremma area, stretches along the coast and the hills between the Gulf of Follonica and the mouth of the Chiarone stream and has the Argentario promontory as its balcony over the sea. Among the main tourist resorts are Follonica and Punta Ala, the village of Castiglione della Pescaia, the two facing the promontory Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole, the Orbetello Lagoon, as well as Ansedonia, Talamone and Albinia.