Versilia Coast

Versilia is a part of Tuscany coast in the north-western province of Lucca known for fashionable Riviera resorts, it consists of numerous clubs that are frequented by local celebrities.

Versilia coast : Lido di CamaioreRonchi
A few steps from Marina Di Massa there are Ronchi and Poveromo where since 1988 the International Prize “San Domenichino” is holden in order to honour the small saint of Saragozza. The Prize , with religious origins, has been transformed in a Literary Prize of international fame and is attended every year by famous characters of culture and art of high level. The main characteristic of Ronchi and Poveromo is the particular landscape which is the ideal place to go on holiday; besides the sea and the sun here is also a Californian climate.

Montignoso stretches along 16.67 km between the sea and the Apuan Alps and is called the southern Lunigiana's "Last land". The Aginulfi castle, situated on the hill not far from the town centre, is considered the first historical unit of Montignoso. Moreover it was a very important strategical spot during the Byzantine age.
In the pastime the economy was mostly based on the excavation of marble stones and on agriculture with such products as: grapes, olives, cereals, forages, hemp and flax.
Marina di Carrara The activities concearning agriculture have became marginal by now, while the excavation and the treating of stones have gone along with manifacture of building-materials, with the metal and mechanics working and a very dynamic building industry. More than the 60% of the working population gets its income from the services sector representing a strong business part connected to the tourist development of the Cinquale's coast area.

Versilia : Forte dei MarmiForte dei Marmi
A seaside resort among the most popular Tyrrhenian ones, Forte dei Marmi is located around a jetty set up during the sixteenth century to ship the apuan marbles. Since 1788 this has been sheltered through an outpost which had been built by Leopoldo I and is still visible in the middle of Garibaldi Square. Just about every european noble but also diplomats, businness-men and managers, artists and V.I.P.s had their bautiful villas, protected by the greenery of the pinewoods, built in this zone. Moreover they chose its sandy beaches to spend their holidays and to relax themselves.
During the last century Forte dei Marmi has become a famous tourist resort and its value is recognized all over the world: although a part of the original environment has been turned into enchanting gardens, kitchen gardens and luxuriant meadows sorrounding beautiful villas, the man-nature relationship has been kept intact.
Nature even dominates man, whose often careless and abusing presence it reshapes. From Forte dei Marmi a tourist can rediscover many historical and cultural architectural evidences, enchanting villages situated on the numerous valleys or on the hills and enjoy the spell of the Apuan Alps
The hotels in Forte dei Marmi are well depicted in this web-site which I hope to be a useful incentive for you to be our guests. Versilia offers the tourist the possibility to play the sport he/she likes best: mounteneering, sailing and may others.
The Apuan Alps allow the climbers, either traditional or free-climbing, to make very interesting climbs. Moreover the Apuan Alps allow the hiker to cover itineraries in every season and of every level.
Sailors of every raiting level could take advantage of the sea and of the Massaciuccoli lake as well. The sea gives the opportunity to surf too (when the weather allows it). The sport facilities are available to train or compete:
The Apuan Alps allow the climbers, either traditional or free-climbing, to make very interesting climbs. Moreover the Apuan Alps allow the hiker to cover itineraries in every season and of every level.

Versilia Coast : Marina di PietrasantaMarina di Pietrasanta
As a seaside resort Marina di Pietrasanta has a peculiarity: it owns, in an harmonious whole, the most beautiful natural beauties. Each of these, if considered by itself, could be vaunt of every tourist resort. The sea, the beach, the pinewoods and the mountains are the elements that, in a range of few kms, offer a wonderful landscape in an atmosphere of quite relax. Marina di Pietrasanta comprehends Focette, Motrone, Tonfano and Fiumetto (from the south to the north). The first emotion the guest gets in arriving in Marina di Pietrasanta derives from the sight of the beach and the sea. A wide and sandy beach stretching for about five kms, so large in some points to reach 200 mts; a transparent blue sea whose depth degrades sweetly, so that it seems to be too familiar even to the most unskilled of the swimmers.

Lido di Camaiore
Lido di Camaioreis the charming modern beach of the historical centre of Camaiore. It is situated in a quiet zone on the sea between Viareggio and Marina di Pietrasanta. This place has become famous for the wide beach with its fine and golden sand and for its inland.
An incomparable scenery with its fertile hills and the peaks of the Apuan Alps standing out in the deep blue sky. The seaside equipments are the most modern and functional. They can be reached through a beautiful
promenade rich in flowerbeds, palms, pubs and premises.The avenue along the coast, just after the promenade is used also as free parking zone. Moreover beautiful hotels allow a wide sea view.
Versilia coast - Marina di Massa
Elegant and refined Viareggio is one of the more famous coast resorts in Versilia and a tourist destination known all over the world. It is an amusement-centre, the country of the Carnival and of the night-refinement with its advanced anf first-rate night-clubs and premises. The night lights make room for a lively and coloured landscape in summer and for wonderful sunsets and tranquillity in winter. Anyway Viareggio is always the right place to visit as it displays, during every season, different kinds of tourist attractions. The historical traditions are scanty: its name derives from the tower in Via Regia, which was built during the XVth century by the inhabitants of Lucca. In that period, once the Burlamacca's outlet had been make in working order, the arbour become lively and trading was set going. Anyway the real industrial growth starts only some centuries later and was based mostly on shipyards.
Versilia coast - Viareggio The sea, the big ally of the inhabitants of Viareggio, constituted the starting-point to build the fishermen's boats. The development and growing of the town have caused that, nowadays, yachts and posh boats are designed and built in the same shipyards. Anyhow tourism is still Viareggio' strenght: you only have to note that in the beginning of the 20th century the bathing huts reached already 3000 units, to see the neverending development of this tourist resort . The landscape is unique thanks either to the greenery of the hills, the pinewoods, the blue sea and the carnival which enlivens this town every year through a long parade. Custom, actuality and policy are the targets of the organizers' imagination.
The carnival was born in 1873 and is as famous as the Rio carnival. Another important local tradition is the Literature Award (created in 1929 by Leonida Rapaci) still following the development of our literature. The architecture in Viareggio is not very interesting due to its mogenious art-nouveau style designed by the architect Belluomini and to the ceramics by Galileo and Chino Chini. It's worth visiting Matilde's tower and Shelley Square where you can see a bust representing the poet.

Torre del Lago
Wide sandy beach under the sun near a green, shady pine-wood and the lake."This is Paradise", exclaimed Giacomo Puccini when he first came here in a shooting party wiht some friends.Today this lovely part of Tuscany still preserves its natural landscape and is an excellent place for a relaxing holiday. Being ideally situated between Lake Massaciuccoli and the Tyrrhenian sea and in closeproximity to the Apuan Alps and the Migliarino-S.Rossore-Massaciuccoli Natural Park, Torre del Lago Puccini is the perfect point of departure for trips in the area or to the art centres and
other towns nearby. The villa where the composer Giacomo Puccini lived houses document and mementos of his life. the annual Opera Festival, which has been held on the lakeside near his house every summer since 1930, combines the suggestive magic of the music and the beautiful setting to make an evening at the opera an unforgettable experience. Torre
del Lago Puccini, also interesting from a naturalistic point of view, is one of the quietest seaside resort along the versilia coast.
offers people of all ages an extremely lively atmosphere with its discos and seafront promenade where the tourist can enjoy walking, shopping or simply sitting at a table in ane of the manyoutdoor cafès.Torre del Lago Puccini is easily reachable:-by rail: Rome-Genoa line -by car: the Aurelia State Highway links with Motorways All to Florence and A12 Genoa-Livorno -by plane: the Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa is only 15 Km Away;-by boat: Torre del Lago is only 5 Km from the famous tourist port of Viareggio.

Versilia Hinterland
A unique, long and beautiful sandy shore delimits Versilia from the Tirreno sea. The hinterland, protected from behind by the close Alpi Apuane Mountains, is the ideal starting point to get to the typical mountain villages of Seravezza and Stazzema which represent the heart of the so-called “Alta Versilia”. All of the coast offers entertainment to its hosts, while the hinterland will surprise you with its nature, its culture, its history, its tradition and its art. It is in fact possible to mix crazy nights with others of complete relax. Each tourist will have to choose from romantic walks, tours, gala evenings, national and international events, night clubs, dinners in refined restaurants or typical “trattorie” and much else.

Versilia: discover the area

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