The Argentario is the highest promontory along the Tuscan coast. It is an ancient calcareous island that includes the Orbetello Lagoon, one of the most important wetlands of Italy. It is protected by the Regional Reserve and by a WWF oasis for its rich fauna and flora, amongst which can be included impressive bird colonies. Equally important is the oasis of Burano, on the Capalbio coast.
The historical centers of Orbetello, Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole are also worthy of significant attention. West of the Argentario are the islands of Giannutriand Giglio, partially included in the Tuscan Archipelago’s National Park. In Giannutri, there are no marked footpaths, whereas Giglio, which culminates in the Poggio della Pagana, a promontory rising 496 metres, offers fascinating itineraries. Some obligatory destinations are the roman villa of Giglio Porto, the village, the Rocca di Giglio Castello and the Campese tower.
From Giglio Castello to the Capel Rosso Point
Foot, horse and bicycle paths, 11 km long.
This excursion leads from Giglio castle to the highest southern promontory and crosses the thick Mediterranean nature. Two paths allow one to walk around the Poggio della Pagana.
From Capalbio to Ansedonia
Foot, horse and bicycle paths, 13 km long. This is an interesting itinerary to get close to the Argentario from Capalbio from the hills of Maremma. The path starts from the foot of the hills, it circles the Poggio Capalbiaccio and it leads south crossing the Aurelia. The footpath extends on a road close and parallel to the sea until the Tagliata and the ancient remains of the Etruscan port of Cosa, from which one can climb up the Ansedonia and to the Etruscan-roman acropolis.
From Porto Santo Stefano to the Passionisti Convent and Porto Ercole
Foot, horse and bicycle paths, 15 km long. This interesting and long footpath trail is mainly a dirt road. It starts from the Cala of Pozzarello, 2 km from Porto Santo Stefano, and climbs up towards the Capanne Coast. It starts descending and turns into an asphalted road until it is possible to reach the seventh-century Passionisti Convent and cross the countryside of Porto Ercole.
From Talamone to Orbetello
Footpath - 22 km.
This long path is mainly a cement road. It follows the coast from Fonteblanda, then it reaches the reclaimed area inland and crosses towards San Donato Vecchio, the bridge on the Albegna and Alibinia. Narrow roads parallel to the main state road lead to the Aurelia and Orbetello.
From Porto Santo Stefano to Capo d’Uomo Tower and Argentiera Tower
Foot and bike path – 12 km.
This beautiful loop behind Santo Stefano climbs up to the Poggio Spadino and Poggio Vacca and reaches the half coast of Capo d’Uomo Tower, facing Cala Piccola. On the way back the path passes by the Argentiera tower.
From Porto Santo Stefano to the Tower and Porto Ercole
Foot, horse and bicycle paths, 17 km long.
Longer and offering more views than the previous footpath, it climbs towards the House of the Olmo, after which it moves towards the Tyrrhenian sea and reaches the 635 meters of the Telegrafo.
From Giglio Porto to Giglio Castello and Campese
Foot and bicycle paths, 6 km long.
This is a pleasant excursion along paths and ancient mule tracks. It clambers up from the harbor to the 405 meters of Gigli Castle and descends again to the tower and the Campese beach. One can proceed next to the cliff to the Faraglione Point.
From Ansedonia to Porto Ercole
Foot and bicycle paths, 10 km long.
A lovely and flat walk, mainly occurring in the Feniglia pine forest, leading from the Ansedonia mountain to Cala Galera and Porto Ercole. Soon after the entrance in the forest there are ancient remains of a roman villa.