Forte dei Marmi
Take a break from the crowds and heat of Tuscany’s major cities and retreat to the seaside bastion of Forte dei Marmi, home to trendy beach clubs, storied coastal villas, and the historic fort built to protect the town from coastal attacks. The wide expanses of beach alongside pine groves are backed by the Apuan Alps, and the coastline has a relaxed atmosphere and pace year-round, though its numbers triple in summer.
Walk or bike the wide waterfront promenade by the sea, or explore its Tuscan restaurants and cafes. Join a day trip that includes transportation from the inland cities of Florence, Pisa, or Lucca to unwind on the Mediterranean shores without the hassle of driving or taking the train.
Things to Know Before You Go
The beaches of Forte dei Marmi are an ideal kid-friendly break from Tuscany’s art-and-culture-heavy cities.
Many beach clubs offer facilities that are accessible to wheelchair users, but check in advance.
If your Forte dei Marmi visit is part of a Pisa and Lucca tour, choose comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
Most beach clubs offer restaurants or cafes, changing rooms, showers, and sun loungers and umbrellas.
How to Get There
Arriving by public transportation can be time consuming and complicated, so the most convenient way to visit Forte dei Marmi is by joining a small-group or private tour that includes transportation from Florence, Pisa, or Lucca.
When to Get There
Forte dei Marmi is a resort town, and it's much more lively in summer when the streets and beaches are filled with visitors on holiday.
The Tuscan Coast
Italy’s most famous stretches of coastline are the Cinque Terre in the region of Liguria and the Amalfi Coast in Campania, but Tuscany has a vast coastline that is a popular holiday destination for Italian and international tourists. The most famous town on the Tuscan Riviera is the elegant art nouveau-style Viareggio, but the fishing village of Castiglione della Pescaia and Porto Ercole are also favorites. Diving enthusiasts flock to the coast near Monte Argentario and the seven islands of the Tuscan archipelago, most notably Elba.
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