Sea, sand and fun
Versilia is an unusual location, filled with charm, just waiting to be discovered, overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea. A piece of the Tuscan coast where the sea meets the mountains. A thin strip between Upper Tuscany and Liguria, in an area of the region where the coast is famous for its long, sandy beaches and for the exclusive hospitality of its hotels, resorts and bathing establishments.
The real protagonists of Versilia are the Apuan Alps, a natural gem that provides a stunning backdrop to the coast in this part of Tuscany. As well as being a spectacular landscape feature, the Apuan Alps are also where Carrara marble – known for its splendid whiteness and almost complete lack of veins, since ancient times – is quarried. In fact, the marble Michelangelo used to sculpt his statue of David comes from these quarries.
From the mountains to the sea, in just a few kilometres: Versilia is where the landscape changes quickly into the sea and beaches of the area’s numerous seaside resorts. Forte dei Marmi is doubtless the most famous, with its exclusive luxury shops in the centre, and jetty going out into the Tyrrhenian Sea, from where it is possible to enjoy unique views of Versilia and the Alps. Viareggio is the pearl of the coast, with its early-20th-century Art Nouveau buildings, and the kilometres of promenade with stores, restaurants, bars and clubs, also the backdrop for the famous Carnival.
Pietrasanta and Marina di Pietrasanta are two more exclusive locations in Versilia, inhabited by artists and sculptors, who have chosen these places to open their art studios.
Versilia is well equipped from a tourism point of view, offering exclusive accommodation for the summer season and moments of pure, unadulterated relaxation. The coast is dotted with bathing establishments, with umbrellas, gazebos and the characteristic wooden beach huts of the area.
But Versilia is above all the home of worldliness and fun, with night clubs and discos where you can dance the night away, and you have to be sure not to miss an evening at the Bussola, the club that made music history in Italy!