During my recent trip to Italy, I’ve decided I needed a proper break from the hectic City life back in London, and, Tuscany seemed the best fit so, I’ve made my way to Monte Argentario.
Monte Argentario is in the Maremma area of Tuscany, a former island turned sort-of-peninsula, with two stretches of land connecting it to the Italian mainland. Porto Ercole, the town where I was staying, it’s only a couple of hours drive from Rome and it definitely gives you the feeling of leaving everything behind.
I managed to book my stay in a beautiful hidden gem, the beautiful Relais ‘La Mortella’. Even though at first I thought that I ended up in the middle of nowhere, it actually is located at a very convenient distance from both the beach ‘La Feniglia’ and the harbour where all the night life happens.
Before dinner my friend and I decided to take a stroll at the harbour and to indulge with a before-dinner ‘Aperitivo’ while watching the sunset. (Aperitivo hour is a sacred hour and basically means a cocktail or a glass of wine with some nibbles on the side). After one too many Mojitos we had dinner at ‘Pizzeria El Pirata’, located at the harbour which offers a lovely view. Although, I must say, the food wasn’t exceptional.
The next morning after an awe-inspired look outside of the amazing view from the window we headed to the breakfast patio.
Breakfast is usually my favourite meal of the day. Having a sweet tooth, I must admit, there’s nothing better than a meal that can potentially include all sort of sweets. The breakfast at ‘La Mortella’ definitely didn’t disppoint me on that perspective. It included yogurt sourced locally from Maremma, same with the honey and jam, home-made apple pie, croissant, cakes etc. An absolute joy for my eyes and my palate.
After a sumptuous meal we headed to the beach.
One of the most charming beach of the coastline is ‘Le Viste’. Located between Forte Stella and Rocca Spagnola, also known as Spiaggia delle Suore ‘Nuns Beach’
Distance from Florence to Monte Argentario, from 2 1/2- 3 hours. 193.1 km, via Raccordo Autostradale Firenze – Siena and SS223.
Distance from Rome to Monte Argentario, from 2/ 3 hours. via Strada Statale Via Aurelia E80
Where we stayed: Resort la Mortella:
Country Relais La Mortella is surrounded by the splendid 18 hole golf course of the Golf Club Argentario, offering not only beautiful views but a great experience.
Surrounded by the Argentario Sea, with its little harbours, hidden coves and rocks, Orbetello lagoon with the beaches of Giannella and Feniglia, and the Parco della Maremma offering itineraries for enjoying natural beauty, culture and adventure. Via dell’Acquedotto Leopoldino, 54
Loc. Terrarossa – Monte Argentario