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Daily Daydream: Monte Argentario, Italy

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Rent a car and leave the crowds baking under the Tuscan sun behind. The beautiful peninsula known as Monte Argentario awaits, full of forts, wildlife, and beaches—but not crowds.

Formerly an island, but now connected to the mainland by sandbars, Monte Argentario is a hidden secret to most Americans, but a well-known holiday spot for Italians. Start off by exploring the easily accessible (and also more crowded) beaches, where you can wind surf, kayak, or kite surf. Then head to the more deserted beaches of the west coast, some of which you’ll need to rent a boat to get to.

When you tire of the beach, turn to the woods and cliffs of Monte Argentario for hiking and wildlife spotting. There’s also a fort, monastery, and nature reserve to explore.

Where is it? Monte Argentario connects to the mainland of Italy at Ansedonia. Cycle down the car-free road on the sand dune to get to the peninsula, or take a ferry

Where to stay? Stay at the Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola, which was built on a cliff 100 metres above sea level. The grounds of the hotel feature a 17th century Spanish tower, olive trees, and amazing views.

What else should I know? Despite being a (former) island, Monte Argentario is not that small. There are a number of distinct towns to explore.

Who’s it for? Beach-lovers, sun bathers, swimmers, hikers, wildlife enthusiasts.

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