Sandy shores and the spectacular background of Apuan Alps
Quiet and polished during the day, full of life and social events when the sun goes down. Versilia is delimited by Apuan Alps white slopes and wide subtle sandy shores where, especially during summer, it is a delight to spend the day at the seaside. The most noteworthy seaside towns in Versilia are Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio, Marina of Pietrasanta and Camaiore Lido.
Amongst them all, Forte dei Marmi is undoubtedly the most exclusive, with its luxury shops, gourmet restaurants, the pier, well-known nightclubs and discos such as the famous Capannina and the really popular weekly market (every Wednesday morning) where one can find cashmere stoles, Sangallo lace dresses, straw bags and fancy clothes and also local foods.
Viareggio is a pleasure-loving and lively city, with an internal walkway by the sea, cool clubs, historic bathhouses, liberty style buildings and, of course, its Carnival tradition which takes place in February and it’s one of the most famous and appreciated throughout Italy.
Camaiore Lido is the perfect place for those who are travelling with kids, it offers equipped beaches.
Marina di Pietrasanta, a quiet and elegant seaside town, will amaze you for both its long beaches and the beauty of Versiliana Park, where, in 1902, Gabriele D’Annunzio stayed and wrote the famous poem La pioggia nel pineto.
Are you looking for some traditional fish dishes to taste in a great restaurants at sunset? Spaghetti with arselle (mini clams), chard and cuttlefish risotto, octopus with lemon and parsley, soups, linguine with razor clams, various grilled fish specialities are some of the dishes not to be missed. With the Apuan Alpes so nearby, there are also many dishes inspired by the hinterland, typical of a poor but tasty cuisine. An example? The super tasty homemade tordelli (ravioli) combined with a great red vine.