ARGENTARIO and ARCHIPELAGO TOSCANO

Few miles away from the tuscan coast, this archipelago, though very close to the mainland, was able to maintain intact and uncontaminated its sea and nature.

The archipelago unwinds from the Argentario to Gorgona, with its 7 islands, daughters, as the legend says, of the tirrenean Venus, the seven jewels of her crown.
In this part of the world, reality and fantasy combine to underline the uniqueness, the beauty and the originality of these islands.

Harbour: Cala Galera (Marina) 42°48’650N 010°44’180E
   How to get to:
      flight to Roma Fiumicino airport, 120 min. by shuttle bus or train via Roma Central station
      train to Orbetello station FS, 10 min. by car
      car SS 1 (Aurelia), Orbetello exit
Distance from island:
   Giannutri (Cala Spalmatoi) 10 mg.
   Giglio (Porto) 15 mg.
   Montecristo (Cala Maestra) 45 mg.
   Pianosa (Cala S. Giovanni) 54 mg.
   Elba (Porto Azzurro) 46 mg.

GIGLIO from strong backwash with winds from North to South-East. It is possible to moor in the bay facing the entrance of the harbour, paying attention to the ferries and to the depth.
A good bay for safe mooring is Cannelle, protected from North and West winds but not from South and East winds.
The splendid bay of Campese is protected from East winds. From the Castle at Giglio you'll be able to admire a marvellous view and visit the medieval village. Go back to Giglio Marina taking a very pleasant and beautiful walk through the mediterranean maquis following the old muletrack (approx. 1 hour walk, downhill).

GIANNUTRI It mirrors the uncontaminated nature and is also called Island of the Seagulls because of the thousands of nests existing there; the only two landings are Cala Spalmatoi (East coast) and Cala Maestra (North-West coast) because of the Natural Park and the cliffs surrounding th island. There is a beautiful grotto at Cala del Lino for those who love snorkeling or ancient roman remains for sightseeing.

MONTECRISTO The most unaccesible but definitely the most beautiful, surrounded by very deep waters; the island is part of a biological reservoir, therefore transiting and landing are forbidden. If you want to visit it, you need to have a special permission. Many animal and plants exist and grow only in this island like the Vipera Aspis Montecristi and the Muflone among the animals. It is not rare to sea dolphins, even the most rare species, sperm whales and the blue whale. To book guided visits, it is necessary to have an authorization from the State owed Company of Forests of Follonica.

PIANOSA A former penal institution, now a natural oasis of extreme beauty. You can easily reach it from Marina di Campo. The uncontaminated cristal clear sea, first of all, where you can often admire groups of dolphins, but also a visit of the whole island and to the Natural Park for its flowers, plants and vegetation. The only area where swimming is permitted, is the beautiful beach of Cala Giovanna, from where, walking along a path, you can reach the remains of the Baths of Agrippa, an interesting thermal complex of the 1st century A.D.

MONTE ARGENTARIO One of the most famous locations of Tuscany. In ancient times, it was an island, the Insula Matidiae, so called because of its owner Matidia, the emperor Trajan's nephew. The promontory of Argentario is linked to the mainland by the beaches of Giannella and Feniglia. It is an appealing destination because of its splendid and wild nature, its picturesque corners, its animated tourist resorts, and also for its underwater beauties attracting so many scuba divers. Three major ports: Porto Santo Stefano, on the North coast, can harbour 500 boats on floating pontoons; Porto Ercole on the East coast, a harbour protected only by a jetty 350 meters long, and three other jetties inside the harbour and linked to the seafront and, past Porto Ercole, the Marina of Cala Galera which can harbour up to 800 boats and is provided with all useful services and facilities for yachting. On the promontory you can also take very pleasant walks along the paths which unwind through the holm-oaks and cork-oaks of the maditerranean maquis. Among the local events the most suggestive are the maritime Palio at Porto Santo Stefano, on the 15th of August and the procession of the fishing boats in the bay of Porto Ercole, taking place at night time, for the feast of Saint Erasmus, on June the 2nd.

Temperature
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Max10°13°18°21°25°25°22°17°12°
Min11°15°18°18°16°12°
Precipitations
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Max182103107605695136288129
Min43282516923285848
Wind
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Speed8.58.58.58.58.58.58.58.58.5
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