Monte Argentario was once an island, that is, until two longs stretches of land, the Tombolo della Giannella and the Tombolo di Feniglia, emerged from the sea and connected it to the mainland, transforming it into a promontory.
Of course that's hardly why Monte Argentario is the place to be in a Tuscan summer, just ask the hundreds that flock here when the weather gets warmer.
The promontory first attracted the Etruscans in the 3rd century BC and then the Roman Emperor Traiano, who named it Insula Matidiae in a gift to his niece Matilda.
While Monte Argentario has its far share of medieval, Renaissance and some Roman relics, its true and most alluring beauty lies in its landscape. The promontory's rocky cliffs are covered with Mediterranean shrubs and flowers, making them perfect for summer walks or drives.
Its endless stretches of exquisite beaches and calm, almost always warm, waters are perfect for sunbathing, swimming and water sports.
And its two ports, Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole are perfectly chic, shadowed by magnificent mansions and high-end boutiques on one side and grand yachts and more modest fishing boats on the other.
If you are exploring Monte Argentario, be sure to take the strada panoramica, the scenic road, which offers incredible views of the sea and promontory.
Monte Argentario is the place for hiking and biking by the sea. For maps and more information, visit the visitors centre in Piazzale S.Andrea in Porto Santo Stefano.
The Argentario Coast has the Maremma’s best beaches. With kilometres of coastline to choose from, you’ll find something that suits regardless of whether you’re travelling with kids or as a couple.