This is a short hike around Porto Ercole, near Grosseto, among the defensive fortresses built around 1550 in a small area known Stato dei Presidi (State of the Garrisons), during the long Spanish rule. A mighty system of towers and fortresses that defended against attacks that came from the sea was situated in the headland of Argentario, Orbetello, Ansedonia e Talamone.
The hike begins by winding its way along the steps of the old town of Porto Ercole, heading along the walls to reach the entranceway into the imposing La Rocca fort (which can be visited). The fort dominates the whole of the bay and a wide stretch of the sea. On the way up, you can enjoy the amazing views of Porto Ercole bay and the other two fortresses: Forte Filippo and Forte Santa Caterina.
The hike continues along the trail through Mediterranean brushwood and reaching the picturesque Forte Stella. Situated to the west of the town, not far from the Lo Sbarcatello beach, it consists of two fortresses, one outer and one inner. In the summer, it hosts cultural events and exhibitions.
Starting point: Porto Ercole
Destination: Forte Stella
Points of interests: The port, the old town, the forts and the nature reserve
Recommended time of year: All year round
Type of itinerary: On foot – Circular – History, nature
Level of difficulty: Easy and suitable for all
Length: 5.2 km
Total climb: 136 metres
How to dress: Normal clothing and hiking equipment
How to get there: You can reach Porto Ercole from Orbetello by bus. It takes 19 minutes.
Maps: Kompass Map – Maremma, Argentario, Grosseto, Isola del Giglio