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Porto Santo Stefano Tour

Porto Santo Stefano Tour

A picturesque seaside village and holiday resort already appreciated at the time of imperial Rome, Porto Santo Stefano is located in the Maremma Grossetana and part of the Costa d’Argento at the southern end of Tuscany, It has a great seafaring tradition and is an active commercial, fishing, and seaside center. The town, known for its tourist vocation, is a center of international importance for sailing and pleasure boating. With Porto Ercole, it constitutes one of the two major settlements that make up the municipality.

The fishing boats and the ferries moor in Porto Santo Stefano. The small port of Pilarella, on the other hand, is the place for strolling and relaxing in this lovely place. The Lungomare, which begins with a dated and signed cast iron plaque, is like a gallery of authentic works of art in the open air, with the splendid compositions of the graphic design flooring by Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Attractions in Porto Santo Stefano For Tour

1. The Spanish fortress

From the Piazza dei Rioni a tangle of uphill streets takes to the Spanish Fortress. It dominates the town from the top of its walls. It was built to control the port in the 17th century, during the Spanish domination. Today, it hosts the permanent exhibitions “Submerged memories” and “Shipwrights”.

2. The Mediterranean Aquarium of the Argentario

The Argentario Mediterranean Aquarium was inaugurated on June 15, 2001. The Argentario Mediterranean Aquarium was built with the aim of reproducing as faithfully as possible the most indicative ecosystems of the Costa d’Argento coastline. Seventeen tanks, seven very large, with hundreds of marine animal and plant species. Unique among all are the tanks with seahorses. Next to the larger tanks, visitors can admire a series of small thematic tanks that house the typical species of Mediterranean Sea.

3. The Convent of the Passionist Fathers

The convent, surrounded by generous vegetation, was built in the late 1700s at the behest of St. Paul of the Cross and is a place of peace, tranquillity and great charm. The Passionist Fathers promote the memory of the Passion of Christ, live in community and lead a life of study, prayer and missionary activity.

The complex consists of a conventual part and the church. It preserves numerous relics of St. Paul and some important works including the “Presentation of Mary in the Temple” by Sebastiano Conca da Gaeta, a valuable nineteenth-century copy of the painting of San Michele by Guido Reni, and the “Madonna and Child” by Pietro Aldi.

On 12 December 2000, to the surprise and amazement of the monks present, Pope John Paul II stopped to pray in the small chapel of the convent.

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