THE VILLAGES OF THE ARGENTARIO
The Towns and Cities of the Argentario
Magliano in Toscana
The town, which was initially the castle of the Aldobrandeschi family and surrounded by massive walls, rises on high ground and dominates the coastline. Magliano faces the walls and its donjons overlook a countryside dotted with vineyards, olive orchards, brooms, sycamores and grain which extends all the way to the sea, where the Maestrale often blows. This area is rich in important archeological accounts regarding the social life of the great Etruscan nation.
The first small town perched on the Tuscan Maremma, right at the border with the region of Lazio, marked by the river Chiarone and the old Papal Customs. To this day you can still take in the magical atmosphere of the farmers, hunters and brigands who lived in the town more than a century ago. Its surrounding area is strewn with interesting remains of roman villas datable to approximately the I century, such as the villa found on the low hill of Settefinestre: evocative testaments remain of the latter, such as an imposing cryptoportico and a hanging garden surrounded by remarkably crafted turrets.
A small town placed on a promontory rising steeply over the sea, on the northern part of the city of Orbetello near Fonteblanda. It is easily accessible via the Aurelia State Road or by train. Located on the southernmost area of the Maremma Nature Park, Talamone faces the characteristic gulf and the tourist port beneath: the town is enclosed within the surrounding wall and is dominated by a massive Stronghold built in the XV century by the Republic of Siena.
It is the second town in Monte Argentario, situated in the southernmost part of the promontory. Without a doubt the main tourist attractions in Porto Ercole are the fortifications dating back to the time period of the State of Garrisons. Amongst these the most noteworthy is the Filippo Fortress, a formidable fortification which was built using the most advanced military architecture techniques of the day.
The city rises on a small peninsula surrounded the Eastern and Western lagoons, divided by an man-made dam which, since 1841, joins them to the Promontory of Monte Argentario. The lagoons are closed off by two strips of land known as the dunes of Feniglia and Giannella which offer visitors several kilometers of lovely beaches. The remains of the polygonal walls are a testament to Etruscan presence in the area, however the town’s current name is of Roman origin.