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A long itinerary through the beaches and Mediterranean scrub on the Argentario

Hike from Poggio Fornacelle to Cala Mar Morto

Trekking&Outdoor by Trekking&Outdoor
first leg
From Poggio Fornacelle to the Trivio dell’Olmo
The Argentario
The Argentario - Credit: Shutterstock / Marco Taliani de Marchio

We begin our journey at the San Pietro climb, about five kilometres from the centre of Porto Santo Stefano, where the city’s cemetery is located. We take a stretch on the left that leads down a dirt road. At the first fork, take a left, along a street that offers a splendid view of the island of Giannutri in the distance. Poggio Pinzo is on the right and Poggio Vongher on the left. Continuing for another two kilometres, we’ll come to a downhill trail on the right, at the end of which is the Trivio dell’Olmo, our first stop.

second leg
The descent to Cannelle
Porto Santo Stefano
Porto Santo Stefano - Credit: Shutterstock / StevanZZ

Following the directions for the Sguazzatoio, we’ll arrive at the namesake fort, where we can find a votive niche dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Continue for another two kilometres through rolling hills that wind through the shrub-like vegetation typical in this part of the Argentario. We’ll eventually come to the Fonte del Romito, a place boasting the ideal microclimate: tepid in the winter and cool in the summer. This is the perfect place for finding a bit of rest on hot days. Continuing our hike, we follow a path that merges with a cement road lined with majestic fruit trees. Keep to the left as we move downhill to the Muflone Valley, then head the right. We’re now close to Cannelle: on the namesake beach is a centuries-old Spanish tower, to the left of the bay. With its pebbles and fine sand, Cannelle Beach is a favourite destination for surfers.

third leg
The seabed in Cala Mar Morto
Monte Argentario, Cala Mar Morto
Monte Argentario, Cala Mar Morto - Credit: Shutterstock / Buffy 1982

From Cannelle, let’s go west on a narrow asphalt road that leads to the Mar Morto, one of the wildest coves in the Argentario. Its name comes from an evocative barrier of cliffs that create small natural pools where the water is always calm. Diving into the crystal-clear waters, you can admire the most fascinating seabed of the entire promontory, inhabited by a great many fish. After exploring all the nooks and crannies of the Mar Morto, head back along the road that dominates the Cannelle, continuing on an uphill stretch of the Fosso del Morto. Keeping Poggio Paladino on our left, we’ll pick up the trail we took just a few hundred kilometres from the Trivio dell’Olmo. From here, we can follow the route backwards to return to the starting point.

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