The three port towns of the Maremma are famous for their relaxed atmosphere and ageing, but still graceful villas, which were once spectacular symbols of Art Deco luxury and are now colourful reminders of post-war splendor. Orbetello connects the Argentario Coast to the mainland and is bordered on both sides by the aptly named Orbetello Lagoon. The highlight? Aside from the amazing Spanish style palazzo Flamingos. Yep, these powder pink birds are everywhere in the lagoon during mating season.
Porto Santo Stefano is the less pretentious port town. It’s vibrant with activity at all hours of the day and night whether it be the ships returning to port, the fishermen selling their day’s catch or the locals strolling from one end of the boardwalk to the other on beautiful summer evenings. Porto Santo Stefano was hit hard by WWII bombings, but it still has some Spanish style architecture and a fascinating maritime museum.
Porto Ercole is more upmarket than Porto Santo Stefano. Its shops are chicer and its residents all the snobbier, but they have the right to be, especially if they own the amazing yachts that are docked at the port. Porto Ercole is surrounded by Spanish watchtowers and fortresses. Only one is open to the public – Forte Stella. During the summer months, you can climb it and experience incredible views of the surrounding coastline. Try to time you visit with sunset for an unforgettable memory.