Close to the Mediterranean coast, yet within easy driving distance of Florence, Forte dei Marmi is a great place for a vacation, enjoying the best of both worlds; the coast and the cultural cities of Italy. This popular resort on the Tyrrhenian Sea has a historic port, famous for its export of Italian marble. Peaceful and unspoilt, a self catering villa in this exclusive area will suit those who prefer to stay in more upmarket resorts.
Watersports - The lovely resort of Forte dei Marmi is well known for its sandy beach and safe bathing. There are many water sports available including windsurfing, jetskiing, kayaking and more. The beach is aimed at wealthy Italians who have luxury villas along the coast.
Visit the Museums - Art lovers will appreciate the Museum of Satire and Caricature and the wonderful Museum of Modern Art just a short distance from your Forte dei Marmi villa. The remains of the historic Fort are also worth visiting along with the Iron Factory.
The nearby seaside town of Versilia is just a short drive from Forte dei Marmi. Known for its beautiful long sandy beach and shady pinewoods, Versilia is also famous for its Carnival celebrations. The Liberty-style seaside promenade is lined with exclusive boutiques and cafés which are perfect for idly drinking coffee and people-watching.
The nearby Apuane Alps are popular for their mountain sports including hillwalking and climbing. They contain over 200 caves including Tanone di Torano which is one of the most visited. The Apuane Alps are best known for their marble quarries, ancient mills and quaint villages.
The charming town of Pietrasanta is just 10km from your self catering Forte dei Marmi villa at the foot of the Apuane Alps. Dating back to the early 1200s, it has some important architecture including the Church of San Martino and the Fortress built by Castruccio Castracani. With numerous art galleries, and working artists from all over the world gathering here, the town has a very interesting atmosphere.
The most pleasant months to visit Forte dei Marmi and the Tuscany region are from late April to mid-October. Average summer temperatures reach 32C (89F) with plenty of dry, sunny weather which is ideal for exploring this beautiful region.
There are many cheap flights daily to Pisa airport from all over Europe. Pisa International airport is 43km from your self catering Forte dei Marmi villa in Tuscany.