Porto Azzurro

Porto Azzurro is a municipality of 4,585 inhabitants, the original name was Portolongone given the considerable length of the inlet. It was born as a village of fishermen and farmers, always at the mercy of pirates and looters.

The Spaniards in 1500, choosing it as the basis for their dominion over the north Tyrrhenian, gave a little security to the inhabitants as well as a little prosperity, leaving a very strong imprint of their influence that is still visible in the architectural style of many villas and even in many surnames of the families of Porto Azzurro.

History evolves with a succession of dominations: French, Kingdom of Naples, Napoleon, Grand Duchy of Tuscany and finally, the unification of Italy. In 1947, after the Second World War, the inhabitants of Portolongone asked and were given permission to change the name to Porto Azzurro.

Porto Azzurro is still today a seaside village dominated by the imposing seventeenth-century fortress of Spanish origin and the great tourist vocation makes it one of the most vibrant towns on the island. The beating heart of the town is the main square (Piazza Matteotti) which overlooks the sea and becomes the stage of many summer shows. The promenade and the streets of the centre are enlivened by many restaurants, pizzerias and various shops.

At the end of the promenade begins a beautiful walk, the Carmignani promenade, which connects Porto Azzurro to Barbarossa that, passing under the walls of the Spanish fort, offers truly unique views. This walk has been equipped with benches and also night lighting and is suitable for all ages.

Places of naturalistic historical interest that absolutely worth a visit are: Forte Longone, Forte Focardo, the Monastery of Monserrato, the Laghetto di Terranera, Monte della Croce (Monte Mar di Capanne) and Monte Castello.