What is there to see and to do in the Monte Argentario Promontory in southern Tuscany? Here are 10 things for visitors to enjoy in this corner of Maremma.
1. Hike or Bike to the top of Monte Argentario for the amazing, sweeping views of the promontory, Orbetello Lagoon and the Tuscan Silver Coast. Some of the best spots are Punta Telegrafo and Convento dei Passionisti.
2. Sail around the Argentario Promontory and the Tuscan Archipelago (Giglio and Giannutri Islands) to admire the rugged, pristine coastline, the sea hamlets and the hidden coves.
4. Whether it’s summer or not, go to the beach for a stroll or to sunbathe. Choose among sandy, pebbly and rocky beaches.
5. Check the calendar of local events and make sure not to miss traditional occasions such as the Palio Marinaro dell’Argentario, the Night of the Pirates, Argentario Sailing Week, Gustatus or the Living Nativity Scenes.
6. Go for a mesmerizing drive along the Strada Panoramica, the panoramic road that circles the Argentario Promontory offering unforgettable views. Along the way, you can stop to visit the Spanish forts and to take epic photographs of the sea.
7. Taste local specialties such as the Caldaro soup, Bottarga di Orbetello or the DOC white wine ‘Ansonica Costa dell’Argentario’. If you like cooking, join a cookery course with Chef Emiliano Lombardellio at Dama Dama Restaurant.
8. Dedicate some time to your body and mind. You can get a day spa entry at Espace Wellness Center to relax in the heated indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, or to do some yoga and fitness classes.
9. Practice your favorite sport or discover new healthy activities year-round. You can play golf or learn this sport at Argentario Golf Club; bike or jog in the paths along Orbetello Lagoon or in the Duna Feniglia Nature Reserve; enjoy water sports such as sailing, scuba diving and kitesurfing; play tennis and padel at Argentario Tennis & Padel Club; and go from peaceful horse riding to the adrenaline rush of skydiving.
10. Visit Orbetello, the village that serves as entry point to the Argentario Promontory. Its WWF-protected lagoon is ideal for birdwatching.