Thanks to its infinite beauty, the wonder of its views and the charm of its beaches, the Argentario is one of the most beautiful and fascinating tourist destinations in the Maremma area, known not only in Italy but also internationally.
It is a rocky promontory, connected to the land by two land bridges. It overlooks the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Orbetello lagoon.
On the peninsula there are two delightful small villages rich in history and particularly interesting for their art and architecture.
Porto Ercole, more touristy with its port, is a famous village that houses the Forte Stella, of Spanish origin, and the Church of Sant’Ermete and the Clock Tower, both of medieval origin.
Porto Santo Stefano, characterized by fishing boats and the fish market, is home to the Spanish Fortress, now housing a museum. In this town you can also find the Church of Santo Stefano Promartire and the Mediterranean Aquarium, which hosts the marine species foiund in this sea. In the vicinity of Porto Santo Stefano is the Monastery of the Passionists Friars, from which one can admire one of the most beautiful views of Orbetello and its lagoon.
Among the countless beautiful bays and little coves that make up the local beaches, we recommend two main ones. On the Feniglia, which connects the peninsula to the land on the south side, you will find 6 kilometers of white sand with a beautiful pine forest behind it, a natural park called Duna Feniglia Nature Reserve. The other is Giannella, also about 6 kilometers long, with sand richer in small shells, between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the western lagoon of Orbetello.
Lake Bolsena is located in the northern part of the Lazio region, bordering on the Maremma and the splendid Tuscan territory. Certainly, it is among the most fascinating and interesting tourist destinations in central Italy, and one of the most important places because of its natural , historical and artistic qualities.
The lake is, of course, the main attraction in this part of the territory. It is an ancient volcanic lake, the largest in Europe. In addition to its characteristic semicircular form, you will find the beaches containing long stretches of fine, dark colored volcanic sand.
Very interesting and definitely deserving to be visited are the towns and villages that rise on the shores of the lake, especially Capodimonte, Marta, Valentano, Bolsena, Montefiascone, Acquapendente, San Lorenzo Nuovo, Grotte di Castro and Gradoli.
A ‘gem’ of incredible beauty is the medieval village of Civita di Bagnoregio, a short distance from the village of Bolsena, which stands on a tufa cliff and can only be reached by foot through a walk on a bridge.
Vulci is an ancient Etruscan town that today is part of the territory of Montalto di Castro, in the Province of Viterbo, in the Lazio’s Maremma. It is at just over half an hour from Manciano.
It was one of the largest town of Etruria, with strong sea and commercial development with Greece and the East, despite being far from the sea. A testimony to its past wealth are the sumptuous funeral kits found in the necropolis that surround the city.
Among the most famous and evocative monuments is the majestic bridge of the Devil (3rd century BC), also called the rainbow bridge, built near the medieval castle of Badia (or dell’Abbadia) by the Romans, on Etruscan pre-existing foundations. It crosses a gorge where the River Fiora passes.
The castle, built in the 12th century by Cistercian monks, became an important pilgrimage center in the 13th centure. It was held for half a century in collaboration with the Knights of the Temple, the so-called Templars.
The Archaeological Museum is located within the Abbadia Castle. Here you can admire the rich collection, including the tomb of Panatenaica, as well as numerous ceramics and architectural elements that once decorated temples and tombs.
Also of great interest is the naturalistic Archaeological Park, near the castle.
Among the most significant building you will find the Domus of the Criptoportico, a large residence that certainly belonged to an important family and is noted for the very interesting thermal spas with mosaic flooring.
The natural beauty of the area is captured at the Oasis of Vulci, which extends along the Fiora River where, thanks to a waterfall, a small bathing lake was created.
We recommend this visit to all trekking and nature lovers. The park is 45 minutes from Manciano.