Costa d’Argento

The Silver Coast is located in the southern Grosseto Maremma, in one of the most beautiful coastal stretches of Tuscany and Italy, it is bathed by the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, by the Orbetello Lagoon and is characterized by the promontory of Monte Argentario.

The Costa d’Argento is located in the extreme southern part of the Tuscany region, it includes the municipalities of Monte Argentario, Orbetello and Capalbio, in the southern Maremma Grossetana. The area extends for about sixty kilometers in the stretch of coast between Talamone and Capalbio (the medieval village is located inland, not on the coast), bounded by the southern slopes of the Monti dell’Uccellina to the north – included entirely in the Maremma Regional Natural Park – and from Lake Burano to the south (on the border with the Province of Viterbo in the Maremma Laziale), and is characterized by the promontory of Monte Argentario. An ancient Mediterranean island, Monte Argentario, welded to the mainland by two sandy cords calledTomboli di Giannella and Feniglia which enclose the Orbetello Lagoon, stands in front of the Giglio and Giannutri islands and culminates with the 653 meters of Punta Telegrafo. Almost completely hilly, the promontory has a subsoil rich in sandstone, while the surface is covered with the typical Mediterranean scrub, up to hosting the chestnut tree at the highest heights. Among the dense and fragrant scrub, a sinuous asphalted road connects Orbetello to the summit of the Argentario, home to a military plant where, on the most beautiful days, the gaze reaches the wonderful islands of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, Corsica, and the mountains. della Tolfa and the buttresses of Amiata. About halfway through the woods, the whiteish Convent of the Passionist Fathers (273 meters) stands out, founded in 1720 by St. Paul of the Cross after the Virgin appeared to him and showed him the place to build the convent.

Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano are the famous towns of the Silver Coast, located on the Argentario promontory, a privileged destination for national and international VIP tourism.

The Tarot Garden

In Capalbio, in the locality of Garavicchio, the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle has created the Tarot Garden, an open-air museum of exceptional charm, consisting of 22 statues covered with glass and ceramics (up to 15 meters high), one of the most important examples of environmental art in Italy.

All around theArgentario is a succession of enchanting beaches, cliffs, precipices, caves, ancient watchtowers and imposing fortresses, built by the Spaniards in the 1500s to defend the State of the Presidi, which allowed (due to their particular strategic position) the control of vast territories and maritime traffic. Along the coast, next to sunny stretches of fine beach, dense and luminous pine forests extend, interspersed with precious wetlands, shelters for numerous species of migratory birds and plant associations, protected and managed by the WWF: Protection Oasis of the Ponente Lagoon of Orbetello and Natural Reserve of Lake Burano. Coastal lake, that of Burano, still today saved from silting thanks to the so-called Tagliata Etrusca, an admirable engineering work that was to preserve the ancient port of the city ofCosa(Roman colony founded in 273 BC), located at the base of the promontory ofAnsedonia, guaranteeing the constant ebb and flow of the waters.