Where else would you find a mountain surrounded by ocean attached to the mainland by a strip of land, and a magical view of two islands? Monte Argentario is the most spectacular piece of coastline along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Escaping the tourist crowds of Porto Ercole and Porto Santo Stefano, Isabella and Roberto named their paradise La Maddalena after the striking ancient watch tower at the edge of the property. It’s a huge adventure to get here: the road twists and turns through hills strewn with brush, broom, cypress and pine to a steep rugged track and a breathtaking arrival. You’re high above the crashing waves in a wild landscape, with stunning sea views. You stay in a stone cottage, beautifully restored and there’s not another building in sight. The inside is simple, cosy and well-equipped with terracotta floor tiles and mosquito nets over beds. Bask in your own sparkling pool and private outdoor space, be adventurous and scramble downhill for 15 minutes to a private pebble beach and clear waters. Impossible to leave? There are pine forests to explore, coves to swim, seafood to delight in, and ferries to the Isle of Giglio.