Argentario, the Silver Pearl of coastal Tuscany Featured

Journey through the ancient towns, magical capes and crystal clear seas of Punta Ala and the island of Argentario
by 14 April 2011

Punta Ala and the ancient Island of Argentario are real treasures set in the incredible beauty of the Tuscan Maremma. You should make a point to visit them at least once in your life and enjoy their unique charm, a blend of sea, nature, villages and the Tuscan lifestyle.

The largest town in Monte Argentario is Porto Santo Stefano, ideal for beach lovers. An area of beautiful villas, ancient towns, and vineyards interspersed with coastal terraces, the town has always been the point of contact for connections to the nearby islands of Giglio and Giannutri. On the opposite side of Monte Argentario is Porto Ercole, a picturesque village in a bay, protected by a small headland. The Spanish fortified it with the military constructions Forte Stella and Forte Filippo, and their size and imposing position make the cityscape even more interesting.

The Orbetello lagoon is one of the most pristine areas of the region and represents a unique habitat. Covering a total of over 500 acres, divided by two six-mile-long strips of land and connected via bridge to Monte Argentario, the city resembles the bow of a ship anchored in the calm waters of the lagoon.

Nature lovers shouldn’t miss the WWF reserve ( Tel.+39 0564 870 198 www.wwf.it/orbetello.nt) where many rare birds can be seen nesting, and the “Tagliata Etrusca”, an open canal cut into the rock, a fascinating and mysterious place well worth exploring. Punta Ala is a hamlet in the town of Castiglione della Pescaia, in the province of Grosseto. It is set in a magical stretch of "Maremma" landscape, surrounded on three sides by sea, with a verdant pine forest and Mediterranean bushes. It is here that Luxos Italy recommends you stop and recharge your batteries at one of the most exclusive resorts, in the care of wellness experts.

Blissful resorts

If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, and a place to relax in enchanting Tuscany, here are some of the top locations in the area.

A private beach, 40 luxury apartments, comfortable rooms with elegant furnishings, two restaurants, golf courses, a swimming pool and a spa: these are the things that make Hotel Cala di Porto a must for all those for whom Tuscany is a favourite destination.

Hotel Cala del Porto Baglioni
Via del Pozzo, 58040 Punta Ala (GR)
Tel. +39 0564 922 455

The Pelliclub, spa at Hotel Pellicano, offers a wide range of massages, facial and body treatments, a Calidarium steam bath, and a gym. From the heated outdoor pool you can admire the seventeenth century Spanish fortress overlooking the lagoon.

Pelliclub health & beauty del Pellicano Hotel

Località Sbarcatello, 58018 Porto Ercole (GR)
Tel. +39 0564 858 111

The Espace dell’Argentario Resort Golf & Spa boasts massage rooms, Turkish baths, aromatherapy and thalassotherapy facilities, bio-sauna with chromatherapy, salt-water baths, a large indoor heated swimming pool with a lovely view, and an outdoor pool with geysers and a solarium looking out over the 18th hole.

Centro Benessere Espace dell’Argentario Resort Golf & Spa
Via Acquedotto Leopoldino, 58018 Porto Ercole (GR)
Tel. +39 0564 1828400

In Castiglione della Pescaia, a lovely seaside town, L’Andana Tenuta la Badiola is a joint venture between the Moretti family and world-famous chef Alain Ducasse. As well as superb hospitality, it offers local wine tasting, cooking classes, horseback riding, biking, trekking and a golf course. At Civitella Paganico, a lovely hilltop town in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.

Espa de l’Andana, Tenuta La Badiola
Località Badiola, 58043 Castiglione della Pescaia (GR)
Tel. +39 0564 944 800

A true temple of wellness, the Petriolo Spa & Resort includes a Spa, Emotional Spa life, a wellness workshop and a Holistic Medical Spa, each of which offers a unique treatment programme.

Petriolo Spa Resort
Località Bagni di Petriolo
58040 Pari, Civitella Paganico (GR)
Tel. +39 0564 9091