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Porto Ercole

Porto Ercole is an Italian town located in the municipality of Monte Argentario, in the Province of Grosseto, Tuscany. It is one of the two major towns that form the township, along with Porto Santo Stefano. Its name means "Port Hercules".GeographyThe resort is located on the eastern side of Monte Argentario promontory, and is 40km from Grosseto, 7km from Orbetello and about 12km from Porto Santo Stefano. To the north of Porto Ercole are located the Laguna di Orbetello and the Tombolo della Feniglia.HistoryPorto Ercole was first mentioned in 1296, when Margherita Aldobrandeschi, countess of Savona, ordered the construction of a tower named Torre di Terra, the oldest core of the town.In 1610, the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio, exiled by the Pope, died in Porto Ercole on his way back to Rome and was buried in a local church. The Dutch Royal Family maintained a summer residence here in the latter half of the twentieth century.TransportationPorto Ercole was once connected by rail to Orbetello via a small rail line to Porto Santo Stefano, closed in 1944. The former station, named Porto Ercole-Terrarossa, was located 4 km from the town, in the hamlet of Terrarossa.
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