Porto Ercole is a lovely town located on the eastern part of Monte Argentario, the peninsula of the same name which is linked by three dams to the region of Tuscany. This pretty fishing town is protected by a natural harbor and a stopover will give you a glimpse of the beauty and the easy-going feel of this small coastal town.
The old town is perched on a hill just above the port, and the lush, green countryside is dotted with Spanish fortresses. The shoreline is rocky and indented with crystal clear water. There are lots of caves on the land and at sea level.
This port town has long been a popular holiday destination and its little harbor is packed with pleasure boats during the summer. A large, new marina, Cala Galera, has been constructed to accommodate big boats.
A Little Bit Of History
Port of Porto Ercole with the old town above
Porto Ercole belonged to the republic of Siena, and Cosimo I of Medici annexed it to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
In 1557, King Philip II of Spain assembled the cities of Porto Ercole, Porto Santo Stefano, Porto Longone, Talamone, Orbetello and Ansedonia under the name of The State of the Garrisons, which was governed directly by Spain.
A charming winding staircase, Porto Ercole
The Spanish recognized the strategic position of this port and built the fortresses.
In 1800, Napoleon annexed this region to the Kingdom of Etruria.
In 1815, these territories were given over to Tuscany and belonged to it until the Unification of Italy.
The Pirate Night, Festivities of the Saint Patron S. Erasmo, International Festival of Music, Fica Maschia Festival and Living Nativity Scene are some of the famous festivals and events celebrated in this tiny port town.
Where is Porto Ercole?
- 28.5 miles/ 46 km from Grosseto, Italy
- 6.8 miles/ 11 km from Orbetello, Italy
- 100.6 miles/ 162 km from Rome, Italy
- 73.9 miles/ 119 km from Siena, Italy
- 119.9 miles/ 193 km from Florence, Italy
- 113.7 miles/ 183 km from Livorno, Italy
- 223 miles/ 359 km from Genoa, Italy
- 124.2 miles/ 200 km from Florence Airport, Peretola, Italy
- 90.7 miles/ 146 km from Rome Fiumicino Airport, Italy
- 103.7 miles/ 167 km from Rome Ciampino Airport, Italy
Things to See
The opposite view of the Porto Ercole Port
- Borgo Antico
- Forte Stella
- Forte Filippo
- Forte La Roca
- Cala Galera
- Acqua Fresca
- Le Viste Beach
- La Feniglia Beach
- The Convent
- Porto Santo Stefano
- Punta Telegrafo
This picturesque town is enlivened by a rich and ancient fishing tradition.
It enjoys a great reputation for being a charming sea resort of Tuscany.
We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!