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Location of Tuscany
Area: 22,990 km²
Population: 3.6 million
Density: 157/km²
Capital: Florence

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      Zeri

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Town of Porto Ercole, Tuscany
Porto Ercole - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
Situated on the eastern coast of Monte Argentario, the small town of Porto Ercole is the second largest after Porto Santo Stefano. It is a pretty fishing town set in a bay with a shallow, natural harbour and the old town sitting on a hill above. The surrounding countryside is verdant and has an abundance of Spanish fortresses dotted over its landscape. The shoreline is rocky and indented with perfectly clear water and a great number of caves, both on the land and at sea level.

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Looking across to the old town
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Little is known about the history of Porto Ercole but, as with the rest of this area, it was occupied and greatly influenced by the Spanish in the 16th century. It was the Spanish who recognized the strategic significance of the port and subsequently built the fortresses.

As with Porto Santo Stefano, Porto Ercole has long been a popular holiday destination for Italians. The harbour and its associated seafront become the centre of the hustle and bustle in the summer and Porto Ercole certainly lives up to its reputation of being associated with pleasure and good food. The little harbour is packed with pleasure craft in the summer months which has led to the construction of a large, new purpose built marina at Cala Galera, less than a mile away. This marina is fully equipped for big boats and has bars, restaurants and shops along the edge.

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The harbour - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

The old town is very pretty and no cars are allowed up there as the streets are too narrow. It is worth making the short trip up the hill and wandering through all the little lanes and alleys. There is also a good view of the harbour from up there.

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Typical street in the old town
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The forts are well preserved and make an interesting day out.

Forte Stella is one of many watchtowers built by the Spanish and gets its name from the fact that it is built in the shape of star. It is quite unique and the views out to sea from here are staggering.

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Forte Stella - Photo: Matteo Vinattieri

Forte Filippo was designed by the same architect and built around the same time as Forte Stella. This fort is an excellent example of Spanish military architecture.

Forte Santa Caterina is now privately owned and not as well preserved as the others.

Rocca Aldobrandesca is a large fort of a complex and irregular structure and is very well preserved.

As well as the forts the other buildings to visit in the town are the Chiesa di Sant'Erasmo (patron saint of sailors) and the Palazzo dei Governanti with its elegant and intricate facade.

In the hills, just outside Porto Ercole, is the convent of Padre Passionisti. It was founded in 1721 by Paolo Danei della Croce when he stopped at Porto Ercole and was so obsessed with the beauty and tranquility of the area that he decided to establish a hermitage there. They stayed there until 1737 when their numbers became so large they outgrew the available space founder built a convent in its place.

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The Convent of Padre Passionisti
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The famous Italian artist Caravaggio died in Porto Ercole on his way to receive a pardon for murder. He died of an unknown fever due to either malaria or lead poisoning and was buried in an unmarked grave.

Porto Ercole
City of Monte Argentario
Population: 12,939
Male: 6,283
Female: 6,656
Population density: 214.6 per square km

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Tuscany Information
Location of Tuscany
Area: 22,990 km²
Population: 3.6 million
Density: 157/km²
Capital: Florence

Find a hotel in Tuscany
Provinces
Comunes
  • Arezzo
    • Anghiari
      Arezzo
      Badia Tedalda
      Bibbiena
      Bucine
      Capolona
      Caprese Michelangelo
      Castel Focognano
      Castel San Niccolò
      Castelfranco di Sopra
      Castiglion Fibocchi
      Castiglion Fiorentino
      Cavriglia
      Chitignano
      Chiusi della Verna
      Civitella in Val di Chiana
      Cortona
      Foiano della Chiana
      Laterina
      Loro Ciuffenna
      Lucignano
      Marciano della Chiana
      Monte San Savino
      Montemignaio
      Monterchi
      Montevarchi
      Ortignano Raggiolo
      Pergine Valdarno
      Pian di Sco
      Pieve Santo Stefano
      Poppi
      Pratovecchio
      San Giovanni Valdarno
      Sansepolcro
      Sestino
      Stia
      Subbiano
      Talla
      Terranuova Bracciolini

  • Firenze
    • Bagno a Ripoli
      Barberino di Mugello
      Barberino Val d'Elsa
      Borgo San Lorenzo
      Calenzano
      Campi Bisenzio
      Capraia e Limite
      Castelfiorentino
      Cerreto Guidi
      Certaldo
      Dicomano
      Empoli
      Fiesole
      Figline Valdarno
      Firenze
      Firenzuola
      Fucecchio
      Gambassi Terme
      Greve in Chianti
      Impruneta
      Incisa in Val d'Arno
      Lastra a Signa
      Londa
      Marradi
      Montaione
      Montelupo Fiorentino
      Montespertoli
      Palazzuolo sul Senio
      Pelago
      Pontassieve
      Reggello
      Rignano sull'Arno
      Rufina
      San Casciano in Val di Pesa
      San Godenzo
      San Piero a Sieve
      Scandicci
      Scarperia
      Sesto Fiorentino
      Signa
      Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
      Vaglia
      Vicchio
      Vinci

  • Grosseto
    • Arcidosso
      Campagnatico
      Capalbio
      Castel del Piano
      Castell'Azzara
      Castiglione della Pescaia
      Cinigiano
      Civitella Paganico
      Follonica
      Gavorrano
      Grosseto
      Isola del Giglio
      Magliano in Toscana
      Manciano
      Massa Marittima
      Monte Argentario
      Monterotondo Marittimo
      Montieri
      Orbetello
      Pitigliano
      Roccalbegna
      Roccastrada
      Santa Fiora
      Scansano
      Scarlino
      Seggiano
      Semproniano
      Sorano

  • Livorno
    • Bibbona
      Campiglia Marittima
      Campo nell'Elba
      Capoliveri
      Capraia Isola
      Castagneto Carducci
      Cecina
      Collesalvetti
      Livorno
      Marciana
      Marciana Marina
      Piombino
      Porto Azzurro
      Portoferraio
      Rio Marina
      Rio nell'Elba
      Rosignano Marittimo
      San Vincenzo
      Sassetta
      Suvereto

  • Lucca
    • Altopascio
      Bagni di Lucca
      Barga
      Borgo a Mozzano
      Camaiore
      Camporgiano
      Capannori
      Careggine
      Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
      Castiglione di Garfagnana
      Coreglia Antelminelli
      Fabbriche di Vallico
      Forte dei Marmi
      Fosciandora
      Gallicano
      Giuncugnano
      Lucca
      Massarosa
      Minucciano
      Molazzana
      Montecarlo
      Pescaglia
      Piazza al Serchio
      Pietrasanta
      Pieve Fosciana
      Porcari
      San Romano in Garfagnana
      Seravezza
      Sillano
      Stazzema
      Vagli Sotto
      Vergemoli
      Viareggio
      Villa Basilica
      Villa Collemandina

  • Massa-Carrara
    • Aulla
      Bagnone
      Carrara
      Casola in Lunigiana
      Comano
      Filattiera
      Fivizzano
      Fosdinovo
      Licciana Nardi
      Massa
      Montignoso
      Mulazzo
      Podenzana
      Pontremoli
      Tresana
      Villafranca in Lunigiana
      Zeri

  • Pisa
    • Bientina
      Buti
      Calci
      Calcinaia
      Capannoli
      Casale Marittimo
      Casciana Terme
      Cascina
      Castelfranco di Sotto
      Castellina Marittima
      Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina
      Chianni
      Crespina
      Fauglia
      Guardistallo
      Lajatico
      Lari
      Lorenzana
      Montecatini Val di Cecina
      Montescudaio
      Monteverdi Marittimo
      Montopoli in Val d'Arno
      Orciano Pisano
      Palaia
      Peccioli
      Pisa
      Pomarance
      Ponsacco
      Pontedera
      Riparbella
      San Giuliano Terme
      San Miniato
      Santa Croce sull'Arno
      Santa Luce
      Santa Maria a Monte
      Terricciola
      Vecchiano
      Vicopisano
      Volterra

  • Pistoia
    • Abetone
      Agliana
      Buggiano
      Chiesina Uzzanese
      Cutigliano
      Lamporecchio
      Larciano
      Marliana
      Massa e Cozzile
      Monsummano Terme
      Montale
      Montecatini-Terme
      Pescia
      Pieve a Nievole
      Pistoia
      Piteglio
      Ponte Buggianese
      Quarrata
      Sambuca Pistoiese
      San Marcello Pistoiese
      Serravalle Pistoiese
      Uzzano

  • Prato
    • Cantagallo
      Carmignano
      Montemurlo
      Poggio a Caiano
      Prato
      Vaiano
      Vernio

  • Siena
    • Abbadia San Salvatore
      Asciano
      Buonconvento
      Casole d'Elsa
      Castellina in Chianti
      Castelnuovo Berardenga
      Castiglione d'Orcia
      Cetona
      Chianciano Terme
      Chiusdino
      Chiusi
      Colle di Val d'Elsa
      Gaiole in Chianti
      Montalcino
      Montepulciano
      Monteriggioni
      Monteroni d'Arbia
      Monticiano
      Murlo
      Piancastagnaio
      Pienza
      Poggibonsi
      Radda in Chianti
      Radicofani
      Radicondoli
      Rapolano Terme
      San Casciano dei Bagni
      San Gimignano
      San Giovanni d'Asso
      San Quirico d'Orcia
      Sarteano
      Siena
      Sinalunga
      Sovicille
      Torrita di Siena
      Trequanda

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A 'stemma' (pl.stemme) is the Italian word for 'coat of arms'. In Italy, every region, every province within that region and every comune within that province has its own coat of arms.

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