Discover Porto Ercole: a hidden gem in Argentario, Tuscany

Porto Ercole is the perfect retreat for visitors longing for an enriching experience that intertwines the essence of nature, the richness of history, and the vibrancy of genuine Tuscan culture.

Porto Ercole village from above

Perched atop the Argentario promontory, near Forte Rocca, Hotel LA ROQQA offers a stunning view over the village of Porto Ercole. This coastal town is the perfect retreat for visitors longing for an enriching experience that intertwines the essence of nature, the richness of history, and the vibrancy of genuine Tuscan culture. If you're planning your stay in Argentario and you are wondering what to do in Porto Ercole, this guide will unveil 5 unmissable attractions waiting to be discovered this summer 2024.

5 unmissable spots in Porto Ercole

La Rocca Aldobrandesca

La Rocca Aldobrandesca is a Spanish medieval fortress that has stood the test of time. Located on top of Monte Argentario, this imposing structure offers breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is a testament to Porto Ercole's strategic importance through the centuries. 

Forte Stella and Forte Filippo

Forte Stella and Forte Filippo, two fortresses built during the Spanish domination, stand as guardians of Porto Ercole. Their unique star-shaped design and well-preserved condition offer a fascinating insight into 16th-century military architecture. Visiting these fortresses provides a unique perspective on the village's historical significance and defensive strategies.

Orto Botanico Corsini

At Hotel LA ROQQA’s doorstep lies the enchanting Orto Botanico Corsini. Spanning over 16 acres, this botanical garden is a verdant paradise, boasting a rare collection of over 150 plant species from across the globe. The garden is not only a place of natural beauty but also a cultural hub, hosting temporary exhibitions and offering guided tours to learn about the local flora and Porto Ercole's history.

Centro Storico

The Centro Storico, or historic center, of Porto Ercole is a labyrinth of narrow streets, historic buildings, and hidden piazzas. Highlights include the Palazzo dei Governanti, a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture, the Chiesa di Sant’Erasmo and the ruins of Confraternita di Santa Croce, the place that welcomed Italian painter Caravaggio during the last days of his life.

Lungomare Andrea Doria

Lungomare Andrea Doria, the seafront promenade, is the heart of Porto Ercole's social life. Lined with charming cafes and boutiques, it's the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll, bask in the Mediterranean sun, and immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. As you wander, the aroma of freshly caught fish, straight from the boats, and the warm smell of bakery goods offer a glimpse into the town's culinary traditions.

How to reach Porto Ercole

Porto Ercole is located approximately 45 kilometers from Grosseto, 160 kilometers from Rome and 200 kilometers from Florence. 

  • For public transportation users, the nearest train station is in Orbetello Monte Argentario. From Orbetello, a short bus ride will take you to Porto Ercole.
  • For those traveling by car, take the Via Aurelia to Orbetello. Once in the city, continue across the causeway following the signs for Porto Ercole.
  • Porto Ercole is located approximately 90 kilometers from Civitavecchia port, making it an ideal day trip for cruise ship visitors as well.
  • The closest airports to Porto Ercole include Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino, located roughly 145 km away, and both Pisa International Airport and Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence, each situated approximately 200 km from the destination.

For further information on Porto Ercole and Monte Argentario, visit the official website of Municipality of Monte Argentario.