Discover the Romantic Dinner in the Torre di Cala Piccola
07 July 2022
As of this year, guests of the Ristorante Torre d’Argento shall have the opportunity to render truly unique their wedding proposal, anniversary, birthday or intimate dinner. Inside a 17th-century tower, a dinner for up to 4 people is served upon request and reservation, with a personal butler and customised menu. The dinner consists in delicacies prepared by Chef Francesco Carrieri in an exceptional location within the Torre. An offering that increasingly enriches the experiences to be had at the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola in the Argentario area, a place where luxury has long been a state of mind. Discover the Intimate Tower Dinner offer and contact us for more information.
Permanent exhibition on the fortifications of the State of the Presidi in Tuscany
12 May 2022
A must-see for all who are interested in the history of the Monte Argentario area. The Boutique Hotel Torre in Cala Piccola houses the permanent exhibition on the fortifications of the State of the Presidi in Tuscany within the Calapiccola Tower, built in 1589. Visiting the exhibition, which opens on Saturday May 14th, means immersing yourself in history and discovering the purpose of the towers and fortresses that dot the landscape among the winding lanes on Monte Argentario. The history After the fall of the Republic of Siena (1555), the Spaniards surrendered their land to the Duke of Florence, Cosimo I de’ Medici, but kept control of a small stretch of the Maremma coastline centred upon Orbetello, Talamone and Monte Argentario, with Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano. It was the birth of the State of the Presidi in Tuscany (1557), which survived for around 250 years under various rulers, Spanish, Austrian, Neapolitan and French, until the Congress of Vienna (1815) when the tiny state was effectively absorbed into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. The towers were built in response to a need for security owing to frequent raids by Turkish and Barbary pirates. Their main target were unescorted merchant ships. Individual acts of piracy developed into a full corsair war when the Barbary flotillas were later joined by the ships of the Turkish fleet, thereby becoming a threat for the whole of western Christianity. The pirates were led by captains who were both skilled sailors and masters of the art of war at sea, and who would quickly become infamous and much feared throughout the Christian world, in particular Hayreddin, who is better known as Barbarossa. The Turkish-Barbary threat to the Argentario area continued until the beginning of the 19th century. Visits The visit of the exhibition, laid out over the two floors of the tower, is introduced by a film telling the story of the towers and the area as a whole. Visitors can admire arms, portraits and maps which are faithful reproductions of the originals. The exhibition can be visited upon request from 10:30 to 12:00 and from 18:00 to 19:00. To make a reservation, or for more information, please call +39 0564 825111
From this Spring, your holiday in the Argentario: news for 2022
18 January 2022
Find peace, welcomed by the sea breeze and the all-embracing nature of the Argentario: the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola awaits you as of next spring. An escape to the sea that, for 2022, has sustainability, health and beauty amongst its watchwords. For us, sustainability is important – one step at a time, in recent years, we have been transforming the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola into an oasis that fully respects the surrounding environment. A Sensory Park full of trees and plants, with solar panels to power the structure, electric Golf Buggies for transporting luggage and guests to the cove and electric vehicle charging stations. These green features and other innovations await you as of April 2022: Sensory Park Aleppo pines and domestic pines inebriate the soul thanks to the monoterpenes, the waves of the sea, the vistas filled with green. Explore the Sensory Forest, a place to reconnect with mother nature. At the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola, there is an area entirely dedicated to trees and plants. A place to stroll and find serenity dedicated to Raffaella Carrà and created by Agronomist Marco Mencagli. Yoga A practice that is good for the body but above all for the spirit – yoga at Argentario is even more relaxing! Discover the yoga packages and our courses within the Sensory Park. Ask for more information at Reception. Golf Buggies Electric Golf Buggies are available to take you to the rooms farthest from Reception, to transport your luggage or to reach the seaside. Bistrot la Torre A new flavour at the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola. The latest development is the Bistrot la Torre, ready to delight your palate from lunch to cocktail hour. By the pool or in the garden, you will find the authentic flavours from our kitchen. Open from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. Health and Safety Your health and safety are our top priority. We constantly strive to maintain the highest standards of attention, care and hygiene so that you can stay with us in complete tranquillity. The hygiene and safety measures at the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola comply with WHO directives and with national and regional legislation issued by the national and regional health authorities.
Your holiday in Argentario from 14th May: the news for 2021
08 April 2021
Always a place to escape the frenzy of everyday life, Argentario is known for its beautiful springs and summers, its secluded location that lends privacy and tranquility, and its microclimate where warm yet breezy days allow tourists to relax while breathing the clean and healthy sea air. We are pleased to be reopening the doors of the Torre di Cala Piccola Boutique Hotel on May 14th: here you can finally find peace, greeted by the sea breeze and cocooning nature. Here there is no crowd, no noise, no stress: the rooms are all arranged on terraces that follow the natural flow of the territory, accessible by narrow streets lined with plants. Keywords: health and beauty. We are ready to welcome you back with lots of news for 2021: Rooms and Suites We have always been an oasis of well-being: from this year in our Boutique Hotel we sanitise floors and hard surfaces with Anti Covid protocol detergents according to Italian health authority guidelines. All staff on the floors use protective equipment in accordance with the law. We pay particular attention to cleaning buttons, door and window handles, cabinets and showers and remote controls - which we will supply in sanitised containers. Check-in Upon arrival, we will welcome you wearing personal protective equipment and provide you with all the information you need to make your stay enjoyable and safe. You will find stations with hand disinfection products and points where you can download all the information and schedules of services, menus and much more in digital format on your smartphone. We also have a temperature sensor. Beaches We have expanded our beach offer. To ensure that you enjoy the magnificent coves and beaches of the Argentario in total safety and respect for social distancing, at the Torre di Cala Piccola Boutique Hotel we offer you access to several affiliated bathing establishments. From coves with rocky seabeds, to the fine sand of Giannella, we will book for you, and you can choose a different establishment easily accessible by car every day. If you prefer to discover the free beaches you can ask for a tasty lunch box, choosing between different menus including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Restaurant The Torre d'Argento Restaurant is ready to welcome you back with the culinary emotions of always. Safety distances will be guaranteed by the three rooms, which are constantly sanitised and independent from each other. We will avoid paper menus by providing you with a QR code to read all our proposals digitally. We have also redesigned our garden to allow you to admire the spectacular sunset. For room service we will use disposable materials avoiding contact as much as possible. Health Our property makes use of the collaboration of a medical staff available to support those who need it. Our contacted person is Dr Renato Tulino, Dr Romilda Casuscelli, Dr Antonietta Lucignai, Dr Pasquale Gnoni. Activities may be carried out by teleconsultation or medical examination. It will also be possible to have specialist care: Dentist, Dr Tambelli (office in Porto S.Stefano and Grosseto) and Veterinarian, Dr Stefani (vet clinic Costa D'Argento) our staff will take care (h24) by calling the doctor or specialist that you need. Flexible policies At the Torre di Cala Piccola Boutique Hotel you can cancel your reservation up to 7 days in advance: you won't be charged any penalty. Book on our official website to discover the advantages of direct booking. Holidays are desired, anticipated, planned with joy: don't let fear take away the pleasure of living them. Our staff and Tuscany are waiting for you.
Torre di Cala Piccola on Linea Blu: amidst the fortresses and towers of Argentario
18 November 2020
Driving along Argentario’s hairpin bends, strolling through its nature or admiring the mainland from the sea of the Tuscan Archipelago, the skyline is pierced with the remnants of towers and fortresses. These pieces of history tell the tales of the promontory, a beautiful area surrounded by the Mediterranean Maquis that, since the Sienese occupation of 1410, took on a fundamental role in control of the sea. It was the subsequent arrival of the Spanish that saw Argentario become a military landmark. Historian Gualtiero Della Monaca reveals the story of the State of the Presidi created by Philip II of Spain in the episode of “Linea Blu” that aired on the Rai 1 television station on 14th November 2020. The defensive system dating back to 1559 included the garrison of the Lagoon of Orbetello, the Porto Ercole maritime stronghold, the Talamone Castle, the Port of Santo Stefano and some twenty coastal towers, including the Torre di Cala Piccola. Our Torre di Cala Piccola was within view of the Torre di Capo d'Uomo ‒ the tallest and most significant, of which only remnants have survived. Originally named Torre della Ficaia, it then became Torre del Bove and subsequently Torre di Cala Piatti. The current name ‒ Torre di Cala Piccola ‒ is linked to the genesis of our Boutique Hotel. Of the many fortresses and towers constructed throughout the centuries, only a few remain intact. Their remnants form the backdrop to incredible views of the sea, walks amongst nature and sunsets after a swim. Those to have been restored and which can be visited on a stroll through the villages, are the Rocca Spagnola and Forte Stella di Porto Ercole, the Spanish Fortress of Porto Santo Stefano. The latter was built in the first decades of the 17th century, representing an example of Spanish military architecture, with breathtaking views to be admired from its terraces. It houses permanent exhibitions and archaeological finds salvaged from the waters of the Tuscan archipelago. Porto Ercole’s Rocca Spagnola is reached by walking through the town centre until coming to the panoramic road. The forecourt offers a superb view of the harbour and the sea. To visit the interior requires authorisation from the Municipality of Monte Argentario. The Forte Stella in Porto Ercole was constructed in 1557 and is ‒ as the name suggests ‒ in the shape of a star. This venue that today hosts exhibitions and events can be reached from the scenic road, heading away from Porto Ercole. Also from this vantage point, the view of the sea is simply magnificent.
A cocktail at sunset with Luca Sardella
05 November 2020
Here at the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola, we love to welcome guests who talk about their experience in the Argentario. A few weeks ago, Luca Sardella came to visit us for a relaxing cocktail at sunset. In the episode of “Sempre Verde” that aired on the Rete 4 television channel on 24th October, the famous host and agronomist visited the Cala Piccola, reminding the public about the exclusivity of our Boutique Hotel that is much loved by celebrities and those who love the good life. On his journey on a discovery of the Argentario area, Sardella visited the Duna Feniglia Nature Reserve, a 6-7-kilometre dune with an area of 474 hectares connecting the promontory to Orbetello. It is a magnificent place for a stroll through nature, to explore the lush flora and beautiful fauna. Indeed, Sardella closely admired certain plants such as Lentisco, an arboreal species typical of the Mediterranean Scrub, used in the Roman Etruscan era to make oil to burn for illumination. Then there is the Stracciabraghe, another name for the local Salsapariglia plant, a vine with abundant spines and heart-shaped leaves. Not to be missed at lunch was savouring one of the typical dishes of the Argentario area, the Caldaro di Pesce – originally a poor soup made by fishermen, it was prepared when out on the waters to cast nets. How is it prepared? First, fresh fish is essential – a mixture of tub gurnard, red scorpionfish, weever, fresh cuttlefish, baby octopus, slipper lobster and certain mussels. After preparing a base of garlic and fresh tomatoes, baby octopus and white wine is added. In accordance with their cooking time, the other seafood varieties are added. The soup is ready in about twenty minutes. Towards evening, simply head back to Cala Piccola for a nice pre-dinner drink whilst enjoying the majestic sunset, overlooking the Giglio and Giannutri islands. This is the dreamy atmosphere, with a view extending as far as the eye can see, that only our Boutique Hotel surrounded by Mediterranean Scrub can offer. Not only Sardella but every guest feels like a VIP here. Our staff will pamper you to ensure you savour an unforgettable holiday, because relaxation is the true luxury.
The wines of Argentario
08 September 2020
Land and sea: a symbiotic relationship that in Argentario, offers beautiful views and authentic flavours. Here, cultivating vineyards has retained its strong identity over the years. Growing on the terraces overlooking the sea is the white grape Ansonica, the fruit to have found home in the microclimate of Monte Argentario and the Tuscan Maremma. The Ansonica Costa dell’Argentario DOC wine that originates from the native vine of the same name, grows in Argentario and on the Isola del Giglio. With a slightly fruity bouquet, this straw-coloured wine has a dry yet soft taste to pair exceptionally well with the seafood delights of the Torre d’Argento Restaurant. The grapes of this variety are extensively worked in the vineyard to reduce the number of bunches per plant and the size of the single bunch. Harvesting occurs in early October when the sugars and aromatic precursors reach their highest concentrations. In the first stages of processing, the must is refrigerated to as low as 10° C to preserve the precious characteristics of the end product. The fermentation at controlled temperature follows a long ageing on noble lees, with daily bâtonnage. Another wine produced in the Monte Argentario cellars is the Maremma Toscana IGT from the Province of Grosseto. The Maremma Toscana IGT denomination represents one of the most important wine-growing areas of the region. It is a fascinating area, able to express excellent wines with a sunny characteristic and Mediterranean profile thanks to the beautiful hilly exposures along with the hot and dry climate, mitigated by proximity to the sea. The cellars of Argentario In Argentario, the farms and wineries produce Ansonica, Parrina DOC and Maremma Toscana IGT. In Porto Santo Stefano, there is the Calagrande Winery, owned by the Osio Brothers that has been producing red and white wines since 1932, with both the Ansonica and Maremma Toscana IGT. Do you want to taste the best Tuscan wines? Trust in our sommeliers. The Ristorante Torre d'Argento wine list offers a broad selection of local labels.
Argentario Dog Beaches
29 July 2020
Travelling with your family or friends is one of the great pleasures in life. Our four-legged friends are also part of the family, accompanying us on our adventures more than ever. Hence why at the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola, we gladly host small pets so that you don’t have to give up on holidaying with all members of the family. Upon arrival, we will present you with a puppy-kit complete with food bowl, absorbent mats and spare poop bags. Argentario even has some dog beaches, especially in the ayres of Feniglia and Giannella, ideal places for forging unforgettable memories by the sea with your canine. When staying at our Boutique Hotel, you can also set off on a discovery of these beaches that are happy to welcome you with your four-legged friend. About 18 kilometres from the Torre di Cala Piccola, on the ayre of Feniglia, is the Playa del Can. Even the name itself hints at the guarantee of fun for your faithful friend – this beach allows up to two dogs per person and offers shaded areas, fresh water spots and clean-up bags. Tuscany as a whole is quite pet-friendly. By the beautiful sea of Orbetello, just a few kilometres from our Boutique Hotel, there are six public beaches for dogs. One area is that of the coast of Fertilia, between Fonteblanda and Talamone. Then there is a stretch of Feniglia in the locality “Il Caravaggio”. The town of Tagliata in Ansedonia also has a dog beach, whilst others can be found on the coast of Giannella and in Torre Saline. Leashes are a must at all of these beaches. To offer your four-legged friend the best stay possible, please contact the Reception to inform us of your needs.
Boat trips around the Argentario
27 July 2020
Set out from the Argentario and reach the islands of the Tuscan archipelago directly by sea. Admire unforgettable views, dive into the blue waters and explore the magnificent nature of these islands for an experience to remember. Choose from the many tours and mini cruises to explore both the coves of the Argentario and the islands of the Mediterranean directly by sail boat, in a rubber dinghy or on a mini cruise. Merely gazing out the window and seeing the sea upon arriving at the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola is enough to inspire you to take a nice boat ride. The Concierge service can provide all the details regarding excursions and rentals, to enjoy the archipelago nudged by the sea breeze. Bookings for the mini cruises, boat or dinghy tours can also be made and at affordable prices. Upon request, we can even prepare lunchboxes to take on the boat. Some interesting boat tours departing from Porto Santo Stefano include: A mini cruise from the Isola del Giglio to Giannutri A day to experience the beautiful islands of Giglio and Giannutri, savouring the sun, sea and walks amongst nature. The mini cruise departing from Porto Santo Stefano to reach the Isola del Giglio – the second largest island in the archipelago – in an hour. During the stop, it is possible to visit or have a guided tour of this pearl of the Mediterranean, characterised by 90% of its territory being untouched to this day. After Giglio, you reach Giannutri, the small island extending a mere 500 metres in width and 5 kilometres in length that is part of the National Park of the Tuscan archipelago. Maxi cruise to the Island of Elba, Montecristo and the Island of Giglio A maxi cruise visiting the most famous sites of the Archipelago. Elba is undoubtedly the largest and most famous mass of land. Then there is Montecristo, made famous by Alexander Dumas’ novel, “The Count of Montecristo”. Not to be forgotten is Giglio, the pearl of the Mediterranean. Elba is reached via the islets known as the “Ants of Grosseto”. After a stop at Porto Azzurro, you will set out to circumnavigate Montecristo. The Natural Reserve of Montecristo is an extraordinary place, a sanctuary of nature and very fragile from an environmental point of view. Indeed, access is strictly regulated by both land and sea. Next comes a visit to the Island of Giglio. The Calette dell’Argentario and diving off the Scoglio del Corallo Diving enthusiasts can discover the magnificent seabed of the Argentario coast, rich in underwater itineraries. One of the best-known spots is right in front of the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola, the Scoglio del Corallo. The coves ‒ Cala del Gesso, Cala del Bove, Cala Piccola and Cala d’Uomo ‒ are even more beautiful when reached by sea, aboard a sailing boat or rubber dinghy. For additional information and to find out more about boat tours, ask our Concierge service.
Trails for exploring Argentario on foot or by bike
09 July 2020
Monte Argentario offers beautiful views of the Tuscan archipelago, a microclimate perfect for savouring the summer season and unparalleled nature, ideal for those who love to pass their holidays trekking. At the Argentario, lovers of long walks will find the perfect pathways for exploring the more secluded green tracks less travelled by tourists, to relax whilst strolling through the Mediterranean scrub. Not 'just' a blue sea and unforgettable views – this stretch of authentic Tuscany possesses all the characteristics sought after by those wanting to chill out far from the daily hustle and bustle. There are many beauties to visit: from the nature reserve of Duna Feniglia and the Orbetello lagoon - a WWF oasis - along with the villages of Porto Santo Stefano and Porto d’Ercole. Walking, strolling or trekking on the promontory of Monte Argentario is an enchanting experience. We recommend meandering along some easy trails to discover the Argentario on foot or by bike, including: 1) The ring from Porto Santo Stefano to Capo d'Uomo Setting out from the port of Porto Santo Stefano, take the road to the fortress then turn left and climb until you’ve left the town. Continue along the path that becomes narrower as you approach Capo d’Uomo - along the way, you’ll spy the sea and the island of Giglio in the distance. On the return trip, head down through the woods to go back to Porto Santo Stefano. On the right, a couple of kilometres before arrival, is a detour to the Forte del Pozzarello, an alternative route that stretches the walk by about a kilometre. 2) From Porto Santo Stefano to the Convento dei Passionisti This 15-kilometre route is almost entirely along dirt roads. It starts from the Cala del Pozzarello, 2 kilometres from Porto Santo Stefano, and climbs towards the Costa delle Capanne. Heading downhill, follow the paved road to reach the 18th-century Convento dei Passionisti, a peaceful location from which fantastic views can be admired before crossing the countryside of Porto Ercole. 3) Monte Argentario cycling ring This long 45-kilometre ride crosses the entire promontory. It is also possible to head out from the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola to reach the panoramic road that extends along the entire coast, linking Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano. The route allows you to admire the remains of the many coastal watchtowers. Once having reached Porto Ercole, you can see Forte Stella, Forte Filippo and the Rocca. Continue to Porto Santo Stefano to return to the point of departure. This route is part of our “Argentario in e-bike” offer that includes e-bike rental and environmental hiking guide. 4) Convento dei Passionisti ring — Torre Argentiera by bike This ride extending some 30 kilometres can also start out from the Boutique Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola. After an initial ascent, the dirt road crosses the countryside, vineyards and Mediterranean scrub until reaching the Croce Monumentale, one of the most beautiful vantage points from where the lagoon of Orbetello and the ayres of Feniglia and Giannella can be seen. Continue downhill towards the Convento dei Passionisti then get back on the road for Torre Argentiera. This route is part of our “Argentario in e-bike” offer that includes e-bike rental and environmental hiking guide. 5) Nature trail to the Duna Feniglia This route is designed to allow direct contact with nature, even for people with disabilities. There are 15 stations joined by a wooden handrail, with stretches in Braille for discovering the various aspects of the Duna nature reserve and tactile signs to learn about its characteristics. About 850 metres long, it takes around 1.5 hours to complete. The path is located at the entrance of the Feniglia, on the Porto Ercole side. 6) The Camminata dei Rioni This trekking route is split along the four districts that compete in the Palio Marinaro every 15th August. Departing from Via Spaccabellezze, the trail is about 3.6 kilometres long. Continuing along, you pass above the cemetery and come to a small canyon of sorts. After about 25-30 minutes of walking, you reach a junction. Continue straight until reaching the altimetric peak of the trek. Once at the sign signalling Ronconali, continue right along a descent that leads to the Fortezza, advancing once more towards Via del Forte to then pass by the church of Porto Santo Stefano Protomartire and ending the itinerary in the main piazza. All trekking or cycling enthusiasts can ask for further details at the Reception. We can also recommend many other trails and pathways for exploring the magnificent Monte Argentario.
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