Discovering the Lower Maremma: The Promontory of Argentario, an oasis of nature and fun
The Promontory of Argentario, located in the surroundings of Capalbio, is extended in the lagoon of Orbetello and Tirreneum Sea. It is connected to the mainland by land tongues that were once completely submerged in water.
In fact, some centuries ago, the promontory was an island, but it connected to the rest of the Italian peninsula due to the lifting of the Tombolo of Giannella and Tombolo of Feniglia.
Activities in Capalbio: the Promontory of Argentario
The highest and most evocative point of this place is the Mount Telegraph, that allows to admire a wonderful view thanks to its 625 meters above sea level.
Although the road is quite bumpy, it is worth taking a tour of the promontory by car.
To reach this place, it is necessary to go to Orbetello by car and continue towards Porto Santo Stefano.
After a few kilometers, you will find the turning point for the Convent of the Passionist Fathers / Telegraph.
Instead, if you prefer taking the train, we suggest to stop at the train station of Orbetello M. Argentario, and then you can continue towards your destination by bike (if you are sportsmen) or by taxi.
The Promontory of Argentario: what to see
The most important town of the Promontory of Argentario is undoubtedly Porto Santo Stefano, a small town located on the north-west side. It is appreciated not only for its seaside tourism, but also for the Palio Marinaro: an event that takes place during the 15th August.
A walk along the seafront is a must, as characteristic, well-kept and full of luxurious boats, as well as various fishing boats and fish shops where you can buy fresh products just fished.
The Spanish Fortress is certainly worth a visit: a building totally restored and currently home to both the Museum of the Masters of Axe, both the permanent exhibition called Memories Submerged, as it houses several archaeological finds found in the depths of the Argentario.
Another picturesque village with ancient origins, on the opposite side of the promontory, is Porto Ercole: characterized by many fisher men's houses, by the pretty port and by the alleys where it is a pleasure to get lost. It is a few kilometers far away from Porto Santo Stefano, so you can visit them both in a day.
Traditional Tuscan cuisine of Argentario
For its position in the middle of the sea and surrounded by the hills, the cuisine of Promontory of Argentario offers different gastronomic specialties of land and sea, including: - Caldaro: it is a delicious fish soup known as one of the most famous dishes of the zone.
It is usually cooked by the local people and can contain, depending on the season, mussels, octopus, cuttlefish and many other types of fish. Only a few restaurants offer it and it is a real pleasure for the palate!
- Wine and oil: if you want to buy excellent products to be enjoyed at home or as a gift to friends and relatives, you can bet on wine and oil, because they are rich in taste and genuine;
- Corollo: it is a big biscuit with a shape like a donut with alkermes and sugar.
- Stinchi di morto: biscuits with hazelnuts with a crunchy and hard texture and a flat and irregular shape, just like the bone of a shin.
You can find them at any bakery in the area.
Holidays in Capalbio: where to sleep
For a stay like royalty in Tuscany, there is nothing better than the Hotel Valle del Buttero, a residence located in Capalbio in Via Ignazio Silone, 21.
It is an authentic oasis surrounded by greenery that offers a wonderful view of the Maremman hills and a wide range of top services, especially the large swimming pool with hydromassage, sauna, bar, free parking and a breakfast of genuine and homemade products.
Even four-legged friends are welcome in the Superior Groundfloor; each room is equipped with all the most advanced comforts, just think of safety deposit box, air conditioning, satellite TV and hair dryer.
Another highlight of this hotel is the human side of the staff, distinguished by the marked friendliness towards each customer.