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Porto Santo Stefano, Italy

Just off the coast of Tuscany, Monte Argentario rises from the sea. On the slopes of the mountain stands Porto Santo Stefano, a town under constant siege by pirates until the 16th century when the Spanish fortified the seaport. The imposing Spanish fortress still dominates the harbor, and a walk along the citadel’s walls and staircases reveals a fascinating history as well as splendid views. For more leisurely pursuits, take the ferry to nearby Giglio Island and relax on one of the quiet beaches lapped by crystal clear waters.