The highlights contained inside the town's walls include the 16th century Palazzo Consani, located in Piazza Santa Barbara, and the old parish church of San Erasmo, which continues as in times past to offer its sacred protection to sailors. The whole city is dominated by a fortress (la Rocca), which looms over the port and bay and which was architecturally designed by Giovanni Camerini. The two other forts erected in Porto Ercole are Fort Stella and Fort Filippo. Fort Stella dominates a large area located at the back of the port, and is named for its geometrical form of a star (which houses a hexagonal courtyard at its interior). Fort Filippo is a formidable structure originally built with the best military architecture of its time. Filippo II was responsible for its construction and Giovanni Camerini for its engineering and design.
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