Above Porto Ercola
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Last May, while caught up in a heat wave, Fred and I decided to head to the coast along southern Tuscany. First we visited the ancient Roman ruins of Cosa in Ansedonia and then went to the promontory of Monte Argentario, which is mostly high and rocky with a gorgeous coastline and two major ports: Porto Santo Stefano on the northwestern side and on the eastern Porto Ercole. Fred programed his GPS for the latter port and for the first time it led us astray, taking us way up into the mountains. Well, we ended up seeing some incredible views, plus had a delightful lunch at a restaurant tucked up in the mountains, before taking in the beauty of Porto Ercole. In 1610 Michelangelo died at that seaport from malaria. The fortresses crowning the hilltops surrounding that harbor are reminders of the Spanish domination, during which Porto Ercole was part of the Garrison State. Captured this shot from the steep narrow steps leading up to one of the forts. Halfway up those stairs is the duomo. The ribbons on the railing were from a wedding.
Also by Deborah Downes
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