The Versilia (formerly Fosse Papiriane) is a part of Tuscany in the north-western province of Lucca, stretching among the Apuan Alps and the coast (Riviera della Versilia), named after the Versilia river. it covers an area of about 160 square kilometres.
From an administrative point of view it is a part of the province of Lucca, including the municipalities of Camaiore, Forte dei Marmi, Massarosa, Pietrasanta, Seravezza, Stazzema and Viareggio.
The so-called “Historical Versilia” consists exclusively of four common places: Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Seravezza and Stazzema. The latter two, because the land is located mainly on hills and mountains of the Apuan Alps, are the so-called “Alta Versilia” or Upper Versilia.
The area has always had a natural tourist vocation as balneotherapy treatments started here during the second half of the 19th century with the building of the first bathing establishmnets.
It is also a base to reach major Tuscan art cities, and the majestic Apuan Alps, some of the highest peaks in the region. These are part of the well – known Apuan Alps Regional Park, providing an ideal environment for trekking, walking, cycling, horse riding or mountain climbing.
The south extends the Migliarino – San Rossore – Massaciuccoli Regional Park offering a variety of habitats, from the lush coastal pine wood to the salty swap and lake. Both nature parks are ideal for people of all ages and families and can be enjoyed the whole year round.
Forte dei Marmi
This is the most elegant of the Tuscan beach resorts. Andrea Bocceli lives in a huge villa, facing the sea. The Agnelli family who founded FIAT spend the entire summer in this resort and our very own Henry Moore used to have a studio here. This is a resort of villas with a small number of very high quality hotels.
Most Italian beaches are private, so that means that you must pay to use them, however you do get good value as you will not be cheek by jowl with anyone. For your investment you will get a parasol, sun loungers, chairs a wooden boardwalk to the sea (sand becomes very hot) as well as changing rooms and showers.
Behind Forte die Marmi you will see the Apuan Alps, glistening white, this is the white marble, famed to be the best in the world, used by Michelangelo for David. On a Wednesday the town hosts a huge market, this is worth a visit.