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Porto Santo Stefano, is the largest town in the peninsula of Monte Argentario. Located on the northern side of the promontory, the town descends from the slopes to a charming bay.
Porto Santo Stefano was founded around the end of the 15th century by Ligurian and Alban farmers and fishermen, and the most important phase of its development began from the second half of the 16th century and culminated at the beginning of the 17th century when the town became one of the most important centers of the Spanish fleet in Italy.
The largest structure in the town is the “Rocca Spagnola”, whose construction dates back from the second half of the 16th century. It is an imposing quadrangular fortress protected by thick and leaning fortified walls and a drawbridge. Rocca Spagnola is considered a jewel of the Spanish military architecture of the age.
Porto Santo Stefano is famous worldwide for being an exclusive nautical holiday resort and an important fishing centre, but it is also the busiest harbor, providing connections to the mainland and to the splendid Giglio and Giannutri islands nearby. It has two ports, respectively called Porto Nuovo and Porto Vecchio, where luxurious yachts flanked by colored wooden fishing boats dock the whole year thanks to the mild climate of the Argentario peninsula.
A walk along the beautiful Lungomare (seaside promenade) designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1983 is not to be missed. Besides the exceptional panoramic views, visitors will enjoy the tiny characteristic markets standing along it, where a variety of beautiful pieces of craftsmanship and antiques put up for sale.
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