To get to the Argentario you cross the town of Orbetello and go along the dam (one of the three strips of land that connect the promontory to the mainland) that separates the eastern and western lagoons. After the dam we will follow the signs on the left to Porto Ercole. The small village is revealed to our eyes as a characteristic small port with ancient smells, with nets resting on the characteristic goiters and with the faces of the fishermen marked by the wind and the sea. The ancient heart of Porto Ercole is located in the village at the southern end of the bay: you can access this area through the Pisan gate (Via Ricasoli), from here a maze of alleys branch out and the city walls, which embrace the entire village goes to join the Rocca. In Santa Barbara square, from which you can admire a beautiful view of the port, we will also find the Governor's palace with a Renaissance-style façade. The oldest church is located on the top of the village, of eighteenth-century origin, was partly rebuilt after the last war and inside are the tombstones of the Spanish governors of the ancient State of the Presidi.
The Forts of Porto Ercole, Forte Filippo, Forte Stella, Santa Caterina and the Rocca, ancient defensive bastions, date back to the time of Spanish domination. They are excellently preserved and represent three splendid examples of military architecture of the time.
Immediately outside the town of Porto Ercole, following the signs for the Feniglia beach, you will find this exceptional natural reserve populated by numerous deer. A wonderful walk or bike ride immersed in uncontaminated vegetation just a few meters from the sea. Here in 1609 Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, was found dying, a stele recalls the event.
Beautiful panoramic road that runs along the southern part of the Argentario. The first 5 kilometers are asphalted, to continue further it is necessary to proceed with caution for an unpaved road.
The panoramic view that runs all around the Argentario allows us to visit many coastal towers of the promontory.
Proceeding from Porto Ercole towards Porto Santo Stefano, after about 5 kilometers the road becomes a dirt road and you can proceed with caution. The first tower we meet is the Avvoltore tower, squat, square and with a fence, it could be the result of a Spanish upgrade on a previous Sienese construction. Today the tower is privately owned.
Continuing along the panoramic road we will reach the southernmost tip of the promontory and find a cylindrical structure from the end of the 15th century: Torre Ciana, which was also part of the project to upgrade existing Sienese structures. The main feature of the tower is that it is the only one still owned by the state. It is difficult to see from the road and can be reached by paths that are not easy to follow.
The panoramic road will then lead us to meet, at the Red Island, the Cannelle tower, unique for its structure: hexagonal in shape and enclosed by a fence with a very articulated design. Its construction is attributed to the Sienese domination of the mid-fifteenth century.
The beaches of Porto Ercole are definitely beautiful; renting a boat you can go in search of the most exclusive coves, but also by land you can reach some of the most beautiful beaches of the Argentario.
Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, died in 1610 in Porto Ercole. The funerary ark containing the artist's remains is located in Porto Ercole.
In Le Piane (between Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano) you will find the Argentario Polo Club, immersed in a fascinating natural context. Every year from May to September the Club organizes numerous polo tournaments with players coming from all over the world. You will see exciting polo matches with splendid horses galloping at speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour.
Still in Le Piane you will find the Argentario Golf Club, a beautiful golf course surrounded by nature with 18 holes "PGA National Golf Course Italy".