A seaside village in Monte Argentario
The small village of Porto Ercole, part of the Costa d’Argento, is located at the southern end of Tuscany, in the Maremma Grossetana.
To access the heart of the characteristic harbour, amid nets resting on goiters and the smell of the sea, you need to pass through the Porta Pisana. From here, a series of alleyways, surrounded by walls, branch off, encompassing the town before converging at the Rocca Spagnola fortress.
The perfect place to enjoy views of the harbour is Piazza Santa Barbara, where you can find the Palazzo del Governatore with its Renaissance façade.
At the top of the village stands the oldest church in Porto Ercole, built in the 18th century, partly destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt. It houses the tombstones of the Spanish governors of the former State of the Presidi.
The old defensive bastions, Forte Filippo, Forte Stella and Rocca Spagnola, also date to the time of Spanish rule.
The Porto Ercole cemetery features the tomb of Caravaggio, who died there.
Finally, you can easily access the picturesque beaches by land, but if you are looking for the most unique coves, we recommend hiring a dinghy.