Porto Ercole & La Rocca Spanish Fortress
Porto Ercole is a delightful seaside town located on the Argentario promontory opposite the Tuscan islands. Born as a village of fishermen, today its breathtaking setting attracts seaside enthusiasts from all over the world, rendering it one of italy’s prime yacht harbors.
Walking along the waterfront one can enjoy a succession of bars and restaurants with sea view terraces, charming little stores, once fishermen’s storerooms, and men at work repairing boats and bringing in freshly caught fish.
The Old Town overlooks the port and is enclosed in Medieval walls. Entering through the ancient town door, the Porta Senese, picturesque alleyways, squares and narrow staircases lead up the St. Erasmus Church, a splendid example of the Spanish Baroque architecture. From there one reaches the 16th century Spanish Fortresses of La Rocca, Forte Filippo and Forte Stella.
These perfectly preserved military defense structures make for truly magical settings with breathtaking views over the Tyrrhenian sea’s limpid waters and beautiful Tuscan islands of Giannutri, Giglio….
Last but not least, Porto Ercole is known to be the location of the mysterious death of the painter Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, who disappeared in July 1610.