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

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      Ortignano Raggiolo
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      Pian di Sco
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      Stia
      Subbiano
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  • Firenze
    • Bagno a Ripoli
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      Borgo San Lorenzo
      Calenzano
      Campi Bisenzio
      Capraia e Limite
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      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
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      Vaglia
      Vicchio
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  • Grosseto
    • Arcidosso
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      Cinigiano
      Civitella Paganico
      Follonica
      Gavorrano
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      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
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      Collesalvetti
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      Piombino
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      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
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      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
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      Marliana
      Massa e Cozzile
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      Montale
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      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

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    • Abbadia San Salvatore
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      Buonconvento
      Casole d'Elsa
      Castellina in Chianti
      Castelnuovo Berardenga
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      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
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      Sinalunga
      Sovicille
      Torrita di Siena
      Trequanda

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The Argentario Promontory
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The Monte Argentario promontory was once an island just a short stretch out into the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Tuscan coastline. Eventually, due to sea currents, two sandbars formed (Tombolo di Feniglia and Tombolo della Giannella) joining the island to the mainland. The town of Orbetello sits between them, also attached to the mainland by an artificial dam. The result is the lagoon of Orbetello which is one of the most stunning and interesting places in the Maremma and is so important ecologically that it is protected by the World Wildlife Fund.

Due to some important archaeological findings it has been possible to prove that the Monte Argentario Promontory has been inhabited since very early times. At least ten caves around its shores have evidence of having been lived in and human remains have been found in Grotta degli Stretti and Grotta di Cala dei Santi. One of the most famous caves, La Grotta del Granduca, is almost a mile long and has a small lake just inside the entrance.

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Historically, the promontory was always considered to be a safe haven by seafarers due to its many natural bays and enviable position in the centre of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Because of this strategic position it had to be guarded carefully from attacks by sea and many watchtowers were built over the centuries for that purpose. The threat of invasion from the sea was a constant problem and it is known that in 1544 the pirate Khair ad Din, known as Redbeard, plundered the town of Porto Ercole.

During the Second World War many parts of Monte Argentario were heavily bombed causing a fair amount of destruction. The railway line connecting Orbetello to the mainland was totally destroyed and never rebuilt. The port of Santo Stefano was also destroyed but was rebuilt several years later.

Monte Argentario is a hilly, rocky area of outstanding natural beauty with the highest point being Punta Telegrafo which is 635 metres above sea level. From the summit it is possible to see most of Tuscan Archipelago and on a clear the day the French island of Corsica. There are very strict planning laws in place in order to maintain the equilibrium of the area and to protect the natural habitat.

Argentario, argentario promontory, porto santo stefano, porto ercole, cala grande argentario
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Today the coast remains totally unspoiled with the land rising steeply from the sea and many of the old lookout towers studding the coastline. From Porto Santo Stefano it is possible to drive along the 'Strada Panoramica' which will give you breathtaking views of the coastline right across to the Tuscan Islands.

The natural vegetation consists of dwarf palms, olive trees, figs, roses, myrtle, and roses creating an exotic and highly scented atmosphere. Orchards full of fruit are cultivated along with the rare Ansonico and Riminese grapes which are grown in terraced vineyards all along the hillsides. The Riminese is a variant of the Sangiovese grape while the Ansonico grape produces white wines such as Ansonica Costa dell´Argentario, Fonte 40 and Ansonica Bucce.

Argentario, argentario promontory, porto santo stefano, porto ercole, cala grande argentario
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The area once relied almost on fishing but now tourism is a large part of the economy. The two main towns and ports of the Monte Argentario Promontory are Porto Santo Stefano and Porte Ercole.

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The Argentario area is blessed by a very mild climate, which, together with an endless choice of beautiful beaches makes it a perfect choice for family holidays.

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The diversity of the beaches is amazing, from long stretches of white sandy beaches with bathing establishments, to tiny coves and rocky inlets which are only accessible by boat.

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La Feniglia
This is an enormous stretch of sand dunes, over 6km long and 1.5km wide. This is the most famous beach in the area and very popular with families. The sand is fine and it shelves very gently into the warm turquoise sea making it safe and easy for small children. Feniglia beach has the added advantage of pine trees running down its centre which give much needed shade in the height of summer. Cars are forbidden down the long road through the pine trees that leads to the beach so it has to be approached on foot or by bike. La Feniglia is well equipped with bars and other facilities and is considered to be the most up market beach of the area.

Giannella
Equal in size to La Feniglia it is also a beach of fine sand which shelves gently into the water. It is the more crowded of the two and has bathing establishments (sun beds, umbrellas and cafes etc.) all along its shores. There are also facilities here for many water sports such as wind and kite surfing and kayaking.

Spaiggia Lunga
A mainly sandy bay which is dominated by the stately Forte Stella

L'Acqua Dolce
This is a small but beautiful sandy crescent on the less crowded west coast.

Le Cannelle
A very pretty beach which mainly sandy with small pebbles. There is an old watch tower and it is close to the tiny Isola Rossa.

Cala Grande
A pebble beach with low, rocky cliffs which is extremely difficult to access from the land, it is better to go by boat.

La Cacciarella
Again, difficult to reach but this tiny, very sandy beach is well worth the effort. It is very close to the Grotta del Turco.

Cala Piccola
This is a beautiful small bay with very little beach but the sea here is wonderfully clear and a brilliant turquoise colour. There is a large area of flat rocks from which you can dive straight into the sea.



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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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