The Lagoon and the Mount Argentario
The Orbetello Lagoon, officially defined an internationally important Nature Reserve by WWF for its varied birds species, is an arm of sea between the coast in front of Orbetello and the Mount Argentario (a promontory of rare beauty home to some of the most renowned tourist Tuscan destinations, like Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole). The two tomboli (tombolos, land strips) of Giannella and Feniglia join the promontory with the coast, while another land strip, called diga (dam in English) connects the Mount to Orbetello. Both the lagoon and the Mount Argentario are two interesting destination which deserve to be visited.
Orbetello, sea resort among nature reserves and parks
Orbetello is the ideal place for all outdoor activities lovers who like wonderful destinations to discover: besides the lagoon nature reserve, there’s the nearby Maremma natural Park that extends till the Uccellina Mounts, or Talamone, renowned sea resort for all windsurf and kitesurf passionates. Last, but not least, the two tombolos Giannella and Feniglia nature reserves offer long beaches and wide marvellous natural areas where the local flora and fauna have been kept almost intact; guided and free bike tours may be there arranged. Nice to note that part of Feniglia beach is dedicated to naturists.
Summer in Orbetello is usually reach in events dedicated to music, food and traditions: besides all the delightful manifestations that are worth a visit for tasting the local and traditional dishes, the piano event Orbetello piano festival and the traditional Corsa dei barchini (a boat race among the five quarters of the town taking place in the lagoon) deserve a particular note.
Roads and public transportation
The Aurelia, the state road connecting Orbetello with Grosseto and Rome, is a convenient driving point of access to the town, which is also quite completely served by public transportation: besides bus service, Orbetello, Mount Argentario, Talamone and Albinia have all their own rail stations, from where it’s possible to reach Livorno and Grosseto for then taking long distance trains to other Tuscan destinations.