Porto Santo Stefano is a seaport town on the west coast of Italy, in the municipality of Monte Argentario, in the Province of Grosseto, Tuscany. It is the municipal seat of Monte Argentario and one of the two major towns that form the township, along with Porto Ercole. The region is on the slopes of Mount Argentario, which dominates the whole area.
Port Stefano is a lively bustling port. Although there has been a fishing village here for centuries much of the town was bombed during the war and had to be reconstructed. Cleverly, they used a lot of the old stone for rebuilding which makes its newness far less obvious. Along the front there is an excellent fish market and a profusion of restaurants, as well as the marina, where you can admire beautiful yachts and luxurious gin-palaces.
The town is divided into four historical districts, each with its own coat of arms (gonfalone) banner:
Croce (Cross), whose nobles are called crociaioli, its coat of arms depicts a gray seagull on a red background, above the red cross of Saint Andrew on a white background.
Fortezza (Fortress), whose nobles are called fortezzaioli; its coat of arms depicts a Spanish fortress in gold on a red background on the left side, and a golden horse to the right on an amaranth background.
Pilarella, whose nobles are called pilarellai; its coat of arms depicts a golden vase in a red background on the left, and a light gray dolphin to the right on a blue background.
Valle (Valley), whose nobles are called vallaioli; its coat of arms depicts an axe and the lighthouse.
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