The magic of Tuscan ports


The ancient ports of the Mediterranean

Toscani - 27 June 2016 - Sofya Yunusova




Tuscany, one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, is famous throughout the world for its romantic hilly landscape and for the brilliant green of its fields. In this article, we are going to talk about another pearl of this magnificent area, the various ports that have connected the region with the rest of the Mediterranean since antiquity. Pisa, one of the four great maritime republics, is located in the north of Tuscany. In the middle ages, along with
Amalfi, Genova and Venice, it enjoyed great economic prosperity. Nowadays, the port of the Marina of Pisa is a lively place, which not only attracts the owners of luxurious yachts but also large numbers of tourists. If you want to visit the largest port of modern Tuscany, you have to go to Livorno (Leghorn).



Balene a Portoferraio

Whales at Portoferraio





This port is visited by the most luxurious international cruise liners, as well as commercial shipping and ferries bound for ports such as Barcelona and Tangiers. In the historic old port, the Darsena Vecchia, lying beneath the imposing Medici fortress, you can contemplate the ancient and picturesque life of fishermen. We should also mention Portoferraio on Elba. Located in an enchanting context, in a natural cove protected from the winds, Portoferraio is still considered to be one of the safest ports in the whole Mediterranean.



Porto Elba

Port Elba



And lastly, navigating further south, do not forget to visit Porto Santo Stefano, an ancient port and an attractive tourist destination on the famous promontory of Argentario. Here you will be enchanted by the magnificent views at the Spanish fortress, as well as nearby Porto Ercole, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.




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