Forte dei Marmi (Tuscany): what to see


What to see in Forte dei Marmi, useful information regarding this exclusive village of Versilia, characterized by wide sandy beaches, the historic pier and the prestigious shops and trendy clubs.

Tourist information

Town and renowned holiday resort that has about nine thousand inhabitants, Forte dei Marmi is located in the province of Lucca in Versilia, washed by the Tyrrhenian Sea along the northern part of the Tuscan coast and a few tens of kilometers away from the border with Liguria.

There are numerous hotels and residences.

The foundation of Forte dei Marmi dates back to 1788, when the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo I of Lorraine built a fort that gave its name to this place, in defense of the maritime landing point, in a marshy area reclaimed several times during the Medici government.

At that time there was already the road used to bring the blocks of white marble from the quarries of the Apuan Alps to the sea, where there was the pier for loading ships, and also the building called Magazzino della Magona, intended for the storage of marble from the Apuan Alps before boarding was already present on the coast.

So the area began to be called Forte dei Marmi and the population first settled around the fort and then spread to the surrounding area.

The Grand Ducal government also had the wooden bridge rebuilt, which was destroyed by the Nazis in 1944, was rebuilt in masonry in 1957 becoming the current pier.

What see

The pier, recently protected with painted steel side railings, extends into the sea for about 300 meters.

It is a destination for pleasant walks to stretch your gaze between the infinity of the sea and the majesty of the mountains.

Forte dei Marmi, which is part of the so-called historical Versilia, to which the municipalities of Pietrasanta and Seravezza also belong, is characterized by a beautiful territory formed by extensive beaches of fine sand and fresh pine forests.

On the opposite side, compared to the sea, the peaks of the Apuan Alps stand out, of which the largest exceed abundantly the 1800 meters of altitude and function as a screen to defend the cold north winds, thus making the climate mild for most of the year .

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On the Apuan Alps Michelangelo went to choose the marbles intended for the realization of his extraordinary sculptures.

Tourism in Forte dei Marmi began to develop towards the end of the nineteenth century, but the real tourist vocation of the Fort was revealed above all after the twenties of the twentieth century and in the mythical sixties, when the Agnelli family spent their summer holidays there.

The Capannina di Franceschi discotheque, a historic club in Versilia, was very famous in those years and is still in operation.

In Forte dei Marmi there are excellent restaurants, prestigious shops and famous clubs, frequented since the past by famous people, linked above all to the world of entertainment and song.

The hinterland is characterized by the presence of many tree-lined avenues and villas with park.


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