Feniglia beach is a couple of kilometers before Porto Ercole.
It is called the Duna Feniglia Nature Reserve, a dune of about 7 kilometers that separates the sea from the lagoon of Orbetello.
It is an area of unique natural beauty, and you can visit on foot or by bike thanks to the very well-organized and marked trails.
The reserve is immersed in the shade of the pine forest and the Mediterranean scrub, so you can also walk on hot summer days. Moreover, you can often find paths that lead directly to the beach for a refreshing bath.
The lagoon-facing part is the ideal setting for bird watching. It is equipped with sheds to hide and take photographs.
In Feniglia, the vegetation is vibrant: maritime pines, domestic pines, cork, lychees, sea lilies, junipers, and shrubs of the Mediterranean scrub. It is also not uncommon to encounter donkeys, wild boars, foxes, badgers, weasels, and other rodents.
The strip of sand that connects the Argentario to the mainland is also called the Tombolo.
Of course, the most interesting aspect is the naturalistic one. This very wild area retains a charm that is difficult to find on the Italian coasts.
But for those who also want the comfort of the bathing establishment, you can find them here too.
It changes the proportion between the two visions of the sea. In Feniglia, the natural one has the upper hand. But it is not difficult to find deckchairs and umbrellas.
Not only has nature made Feniglia famous.
Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, died there.
It is said that the famous painter was found dying on this beach, only to die soon after in the hospital of Porto Ercole.
He was here, coming from Naples, to escape the problems with the law. But the sick fevers that infested the area made him mortally ill.
Feniglia beach represents well the wild beauty of an area that, although with a high tourist intensity, has preserved its natural appearance both of the transparent sea and the mainland.