Argentario

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Argentario is a wonderful foreland surrounded by the sea and connected with the mainland by the two Giannella and Feniglia’s tombolos and by an artificial isthmus, the Orbetello’s dam. On Argentario two famous and marvelous tourist towns border the sea: Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole. Originally two fishermen villages where tourism become their main resource. Argentario attracts tourists for its unique landscape, its sea environment and its exceptionally mild climate, making it an ideal holiday destination for all year long.
in the inland area of the promontory for hikers and mountain bikers there are many paths from the shores through a lush Mediterranean vegetation up to an high of 635 meters (“Punta Telegrafo” Telegraph Peak) with rarely beautiful views. For golf enthusiasts, Argentario Golf Club is a 77 hectares park with an 18-hole championship course (par 71 of 6191 meters) built in a natural amphitheater surrounded by olive trees and Mediterranean vegetation with an extraordinary landscape.
Another feature of the Argentario is its various marine environment. The two tombolos are nothing but two long sandy beaches sheltered by shady pine trees that make these areas particularly quiet, relaxing and easy access. For rocky seabed lovers, there are high cliffs and charming coves and wild and isolated beaches, hard to reach (best by boats), but lapped by crystal clear sea along all the Argentario coast. The very irregular coast offers to divers many different dive sites: walls, caves, wrecks and shoals full of sea life.
In ancient times the Argentario was also known and popular (as we can see with the Roman villa of Domizi Enobardi in Santa Liberata), and it has also kept some "historical gems" like the Spanish forts and watchtowers that defended the territory from the Saracen pirates attacks during the “Stato dei Presidi” (XIV century).
As it concerns food and wine, the regional cooking manages to combine both flavors of earth and sea. The dish par excellence is the fish stew known as “caldaro”, but we couldn’t forget to mention the excellent wine and oil, thanks to the farmers’ centuries-old job that managed with great effort to create terraced cultivation on this "rock called Argentario". Finally, we suggest you the main folkloristic event: the “Palio Marinaro  dell’Argentario” held every August 15 in the waters of Porto Santo Stefano since 1937.

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