Located in the Lucca province of Tuscany, northern Italy, the Versilia is a region of Tuscan coast between Lake Massaciuccoli and the Cinquale River known primarily for its 20km stretch of glorious beaches. Situated between the domineering peaks of the Apuan Alps on the landward side and the warm waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea on the other, Versilia is a beautiful rural area.
The majority of holiday makers taking a self catering property in Versilia, Tuscany are there for the beaches. The extraordinarily mild climate which blesses this region means that you can work on your tan throughout the summer, and Versilia beach accommodation is in huge demand from those with bronzed bodies from early May until late October.
Having been such an important beach tourism destination, there are some considerable luxury properties in Versilia, which are renowned for the worldly style of living which they permit. The fine food and wine which is produced in the region makes taking a self catering property in Versilia, Tuscany a real indulgence.
The Apuan Alps Regional Park is a perfect place for trekking, climbing, horse riding, hiking and mountain biking of you fancy a break from the beaches. Family holidays using Versilia beach accommodation could be in for a real treat too, as whales and dolphins can sometimes be seen swimming off shore. To increase the likelihood of seeing either, boat trips can be organised to the Catecean Sanctuary, an offshore nature reserve.
Between February and March, the annual Viareggio Carnival rolls into the region, and once again the Versilia holiday villas are in high demand.
Camaiore is filled with some extremely valuable monuments like the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter. Camaiore acts as a commercial centre for the smaller settlements which adorn the surrounding foothills of the Apuan Alps.
Massarosa is one of the most scenic places to take a self catering Versilia holiday villa, with breathtaking panoramic views over the territory. It is a perfect base for nature lovers who would like to spend some time exploring the countryside on foot, bicycle or on horse back.
Viareggio is both a traditional, quaint seaside resort and a gem of art nouveau architecture. Taking a Versilia luxury villa here gives you all the facilities you could wish for, right on the famous beaches which have given the region such infamy, although for the finest beaches, the resort of Pietrasanta is probably the best bet.
Versilia receives 270 days of sunshine every year, basking in summer average temperatures of around 25°C. In winter, temperatures are much cooler, but are still very pleasant for walking, cycling, riding or mountain climbing, remaining around 10°C.
The closest airport to any of the self catering property in Versilia, Tuscany is Pisa International Airport (PSA), which is serviced with cheap flights by Ryanair from many British Airports and by easyJetfrom Bristol (BRS) and Gatwick (LGW).