Versilia is a straight strip of coast in Tuscany, which goes on for about 20 kilometers, enclosing hills cultivated with olives and vineyards, the Apuan Alps and archaeological remains, fortresses and castles. It is known especially for the very long beaches of fine sand, full of colored beach umbrellas, and the lively nightlife. Forte dei Marmi, Lido di Camaiore, Viareggio, Stazzema, the lake of Massaciuccoli, are just some of the jewels that travelers can find along the route that proudly boast natural treasures and a history rich of cultural events.
All the area is well connected, also through railway stations, to the main Tuscan cities: Firenze (about 1 hour away), Pisa, Lucca, Siena. It is also the right place to take a trip across the sea to Isola d’Elba, for example, or for full day excursions. You will be able to discover many alternative itineraries off the beaten path, discovering this evocative and amazing location.
Walking through this coastline, you can enjoy the Tyrrhenian sea and a lot of well-equipped beach resorts. But if you just spin around, towards Apuan Alps, you will get a breathtaking view of the marble quarries from which Michelangelo cut his stone to build his masterpiece of Florentine Renaissance sculpture: the David.
This suggestive atmosphere and the presence of many bronze foundries, have led many artists and sculptors in Versilia. Botero has a house in Pietrasanta, where was also organized an exhibition of his works to commemorate his 80th birthday. Even Forte dei Marmi (meaning “the marble fort“) exists because, in the 16th century, Michelangelo took the decision to create a road to transport his marble to the ships.
Nowadays all the ships have been replaced by the shops. When the first hint of warm weather strikes, people crowd the beaches and the streets, showing off the latest fashion trends. On Wednesday a famous weekly market takes place, known for bargains and to get cut-price reproductions of expensive designer clothes. During the evening, happy hours and events are organized at any corner. This little city never turns off its lights, and after your aperitif, get ready to dance! The legendary Capannina will bring you back into the 60’s and 70’s, and the club Twiga will offer you the most fashionable music and the latest cutting-edge fads.