Written by Missy Johnston
Join your yacht charter in Porto Ercole, Italy with the guarding castles on either side. Stay overnight in Cala Galera Marina, dining at the nearby exclusive Il Pelicano Resort, tucked into the hillside near Cala Galera, and the Venetian style town of Orbetello featuring stone gates that mark the entrance to the Argentario Peninsula. This area is known for rustic Italian cuisine with a local favorite, probably not on the menu at the Il Pelicano, being porcupine pie.
Cruise from Cala Galera to Porto Ercole anchoring just off of this quaint fishing village. Take the dinghy in to wander the streets and explore one of the several castle fortifications still in existence, originally built to guard the coasts of this peninsula. After an approximate cruise of two hours around the end of the Argentario Peninsula, come into the main harbor of the island of Giglio. This quaint little fishing island is crowned by a walled medieval village, which is well worth visiting. Wander the streets of the village exploring and shopping before spending the night in a protected anchorage along the beach.
Leave in the a.m. for a morning cruise to the north side of Elba to Portoferrario, stopping in one of the many anchorages for lunch. Elba is the largest of Italy’s Tuscan Islands. Arrive and take a taxi to tour Napoleon’s Palace for it was to Elba that Napolean was exiled. Explore Portoferrario and overnight in the harbor.
Depart Elba for Porto San Stefano in the afternoon, about a three hour cruise. Head into Porto San Stefano on the Argentario Peninsula, a bustling little village, for lunch followed by water sports. The main street by the marina is open at night for walking traffic only, which makes it a lovely area to stroll along while sampling the local nightlife or to sit at an outdoor table at a local cafe for an after dinner drink. Stay overnight in Porto San Stefano.
Disembark in Porto San Stefano.
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