Porto Ercole is a small town in the municipality of Monte Argentario in Tuscany. It remains important in Italian history on account of its strategic location. Today, its beautiful harbor provides easy access to the island of Giglio and the Tuscan archipelago, making it an ideal base for hiring a motorboat, sailing boat, or catamaran for your next holiday. In summer or out of season, with family or friends, join Click&Boat to hire your boat in Porto Ercole and set off to discover the Tuscan coast.
The lowest price to rent a boat in Porto Ercole is approximately $140 per day, however, prices can go up to $971 per day. For better prices, rent smaller boats during the low season.
The first mention of Porto Ercole dates back to 1296, when Margherita Aldobrandeschi, Countess of Savona, ordered the construction of a tower called Torre di Terra, the most ancient heart of the town. In 1610, on the beach at Porto Ercole, Caravaggio died of an illness – probably of paludism – as he was preparing to return to Rome after obtaining a papal pardon for a crime he had committed four years earlier. In more recent times, the Dutch royal family maintained a summer residence in the second half of the 20th century. Historic sites and points of interest
Today, the main places of interest are the 16th-century Forte Filippo and the 18th-century Forte Santa Caterina, which were part of the defensive complex of the promontory. The Palazzo dei Governanti overlooks the beautiful square of Santa Barbara, which overlooks the Port. Also worth mentioning, is the Corsini Botanical Garden, where numerous tropical and subtropical rarities can be found that have managed to acclimatise thanks to the area's extraordinary microclimate.
Since 2007, Porto Ercole has been celebrating the "Night of the Pirates", an event that reconstructs real events from 1544, when the pirate Barbarossa and his Ottoman fleet ravaged the town. For the occasion, everyone dresses up as pirates and a team treasure hunt game is organised. The Palio di Porto Ercole, on the other hand, is a rowing regatta – consisting of gozzi (small, colourful rowing boats) and four oarsmen – held in the harbour in June.
In Porto Ercole, privately owned boats are available for rental. See other boats in the area.