Versilia is the area of Tuscany that historically stretches between Marina di Massa and Pietrasanta, which has always had a strong tourist vocation for the immense golden beaches, the nightlife and the many facilities ready to welcome tourists in search of relax, fun, great food and culture. The coast of Versilia offers attractions ranging from the sea and beautiful natural landscapes to shopping and nightlife. The luxury shops of Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio, the flea and crafts markets of Pietrasanta and Marina di Massa, are a great way to spend a shopping afternoon. For those who prefer to live Versilia by night, it’s a real delight: the two historic clubs of Versilia, La Bussola and La Capannina and the trendy ones as Twiga Club and Beach Club, offer the opportunity to spend the nights in Versilia in a fun way, beginning from the Italian aperitif on the beach, to dinner of fresh sea food to the sound and atmospheres blended with the scent of the sea that last all night long.
Capital of Versilia, Pietrasanta is an important cultural Tuscan center that has always focused on cultural tourism, welcoming tourists that not only seek relaxation and fun in Versilia but also exhibitions by famous sculptors such as Igor Mitoraj and Fernando Botero. The city is enriched by the many art galleries where you can admire works of art in white Carrara marble made by local artists. Numerous monuments populate the streets and squares of the historic center of Pietrasanta, including the charming Cathedral of San Martino, the Civic Tower or Clock Tower and the Municipal Theatre. “The Warrior” by Fernando Botero, “The Judgment of the Minotaur” by Franco Adami and “The Centaur” by Igor Mitoraj are just some of the sculptures that can be seen walking in the Pietrasanta’s city center. Not to be missed are also the MuSa, the Royal Museum of Virtual Sculpture and Architecture.
From the historical point of view the town of Viareggio is not located in the geographical area of Versilia, but is in fact a very popular Tuscan seaside destination due to its 10 km of beautiful golden beach. The town of Viareggio is also known for its characteristic Carnival, born in 1873, which takes place in February every year. The Viareggio promenade, is a monumental and most prestigious part of the city attracting a great number of tourists, famous for its eclectic architecture in Liberty style – the Italian interpretation of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.
Forte dei Marmi
City of Versilia for excellence, Forte dei Marmi is overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and is named after the fort in the city center and the Carrara marble of the Apuan Alps that traditionally were transported to the port of Forte dei Marmi, where they took the sea route. Forte dei Marmi is famous for its trendy boutiques, golden beaches and numerous nightclubs. The symbol of the town is the Fort, a grand ducal fortress of the late eighteenth century, in which the visitors can admire Museum of Satire and Caricature, among the most important museums in the world of its kind. The city is characterized by many green areas, especially pine forests that offer refreshment in the warmer months. The pier of Forte dei Marmi stretches 300 meters onto the sea from the coast; used historically to board the marble blocks on ships, today remains as a tourist destination and for the ferries that serve as transportation from the Versilia coast to the Cinque Terre.
The town of Camaiore, the heart of Tuscany is a wonderful patchwork of different landscapes, beaches and hills that live together in a unique harmony in the world. The biggest city of Versilia stretches from the Apuan Alps to Mount Matanna and arrives in the valley to the sea, in the beautiful setting of Lido di Camaiore, a popular destination among tourists who travel to Versilia. Colors and scents of Tuscan landscape that takes your breath away, hills covered with olive trees and vines, golden beaches that welcome visitors with the best comfort imaginable, all in a typical holiday atmosphere: Lido di Camaiore means a magical experience to enjoy in a vacation by the sea.