Guide

Forte dei Marmi

Nestled on the southern Ligurian coastline, refined and elegantly framed by a magnificent landscape crowned by the tops of the Apuan Alps, Forte dei Marmi is the pearl of Versilia, a town that always avoided mass tourism.

Such illustrious historical figures as Thomas Mann, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Giovanni Papini were among the first to discover its beauty in the early 1900s and their enthusiasm attracted diplomats and noble families from all over Europe.

Carefully tended beaches of fine light sand reach down to a crystalline sea, the shoreline enlivened by the many colours of the beach establishments that dot it. The fabulous Forte dei Marmi beach runs for some 5 km of fine golden sand along which a long beach walk is shaded by palm trees and oleander bushes.
The historical center of town is an elegant bustling hub of shops, boutiques and elegant localities.

Nobody would have predicted this chic outcome for a town that originated in the 14th century with a fort to defend itself from the frequent rampages of corsairs. The 300m-long pier that also reaches out over the water offers a delightful stroll. It and a marble warehouse were, for a long time, the only structures in the garrison situated in a then swampy and inhospitable area.

Modern day Forte dei Marmi is a lovely town with a tight grid of tree-shaded streets and wide elegant sidewalks. The Roma Imperiale neighborhood, for example, was planned by Giovanni Michelucci and boasts many Rationalist buildings that date to the 1930s. It is well worth a visit.

The choice of things to do at Forte dei Marmi is truly endless. Lively nightlife is guaranteed by the many bars, restaurants, discotheques and events venues, like La Capannina di Franceschi, famous since 1929 for its music and partying into the wee hours.

The entire Forte dei Marmi area is famous also for its parks, gardens and the well-tended lawns that surround its fabulous villas. This town, and the area around Versilia, is rife with historical architecture and culture, charming hilltop hamlets, the many valleys and alpine pastures up in the Apuan Alps. It easy to reach some of the most beautiful of Tuscan art cities and shopping areas from Forte, following fascinating itineraries that in themselves make the excursions well worth the while.

Sports lovers of all kinds will be delighted with all there is to do here: climbers can practice their favourite activity on the many walls of the Apuan Alps, while hikers can follow the many trails open all year round. Not to mention the sea and all it has to offer: from sailing to surfing, snorkeling and diving.

At Forte dei Marmi there is something fun to do for every age group, always veiled by discretion…


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