ARGENTARIO (Italy): WHERE NATURE AND HISTORY MEET
The Argentario peninsula is located on the south coast of the Tuscany region. The winds, the marine streams and the fluvial silts, made the sandy tombolos of the Giannella and the Feniglia, created the Orbetello lagoon and so connected the Monte Argentario to the mainland. On ancient age the Phoenicians, the Etruscans and the Romans passed through it. On 1557 the Argentario become a part of the Stato dei Presidi, and the Spanish built the powerful fortresses which still characterize it.
In Porto Ercole there are the Rock, Stella Fortress and Filippo Fortress, which dominate the sea. Once from here the look-outs sighted the enemy and the pirates, but now from here the tourists admire a wonderful panoramic view and the yachts sailing in direction of the Argentario’s bays or of the islands of the Tuscan archipelago. In Porto Santo Stefano the fishing-boats swing in the port together with the motor-boats of the vacationers, waiting for sailing again and make a fine catch of fish. The fretted Argentario’s coast, its long sandy beaches and in addition the nearness to the Giglio and the Giannutri islands, make this small peninsula to be a charming and beautiful place for the passionately found of sailing and in general of the sea. The Argentario is a special place for the tourism of navigation, because there are plenty of lonely bays with a blue water, and beautiful soundings for scuba diving.
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