Mini Cruises Argentario and Islands of the Tuscan Archipelago
From the ports of Porto Santo Stefano, Talamone and Castiglione della Pescaia, mini cruises depart daily (by reservation) with various itineraries, from the coves of the Argentario to the islands of Giglio and Giannutri, pearls of the Tuscan Archipelago.
Mini cruises are usually organized in the summer but, on fine days, also in Spring and Autumn.
Daily excursions are organized, with lunch on board (usually based on fish) traveling from one island to another, from one beach to another, there are also breaks usually up to 3 hours, in each destination, to allow guests to get off the ship and visit the various locations independently, enjoy a nice regenerating bath in the waters of the Argentario and do some shopping!
Depending on the port of departure, you can choose a different itinerary, usually from Porto Santo Stefano excursions are organized to the islands of Giglio and Giannutri and the coves of the Argentario promontory, starting from Castiglione della Pescaia you can also reach the famous ” Formiche di Grosseto “, three characteristic islets particularly loved by snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.
In any case, excursions with qualified environmental guides are always provided, always by reservation.
Some information on the islands and places you will visit with the mini-cruises:
Giglio Island: just 12 miles from Porto Santo Stefano, Giglio Island is one of the most famous of the Tuscan Archipelago. The island has 3 distinct residential areas, Giglio Porto, Giglio Castello and Giglio Campese. Giglio Porto was born as a fishing village and slowly became a famous tourist resort, it is characterized by the presence of numerous restaurants and typical trattorias, for souvenir shops, there is the Church of Saints Lorenzo and Mamiliano, dating back to 1915, and the Towers of the Saraceno and the Lazzaretto. Giglio Castello is the oldest inhabited area of Giglio, it was built in medieval times and houses the Church of San Pietro, dating back to the 15th century, the Walls and the Aldobrandesca Fortress
Giannutri Island: about 6 miles from Giglio Island, Giannutri was already inhabited in the Bronze Age, in Roman times the port and a villa were built, the latter owned by the Enobarbi family. Over the following centuries, being completely in the open sea and devoid of natural shelters, the island was gradually abandoned and used sporadically by pirates as an intermediate stop towards their assaults on the Tuscan coasts.
The Formiche di Grosseto: 15 miles from Porto Santo Stefano, the Formiche di Grosseto are three islets and are part of the Tuscan Archipelago. They rise right in front of the Maremma Natural Park and are a true paradise for diving enthusiasts, their depths reach 100 meters. On the largest islet there is a lighthouse which is a protected natural area
Cale dell’Argentario: the Argentario promontory is full of hidden beaches and coves, often reachable only on foot or by sea, among the most beautiful, Cala Galera, Cala Grande, Cala Piccola, Le Cannelle, Isola Rossa, Mar Morto and The Cacciarella