Versilia Towns

Camaiore

the village is located at the bottom of a valley surrounded by hills as well as the northern Apennines. Small town founded in Roman times with the typical orthogonal layout, it contains many artistic treasures like the well known Collegiate Church and Benedectine Abbey.

Due to the ideal location and characteristics of the territory, many Americans and English people have settled in this untouched countryside following the example of prominent Italian families like Mondadori.

The local economy is based on specialized agriculture and tourism with most of the hotels, bathing clubs and restaurant located in Lido di Camaiore, its seaside resort.

Where to stay in Camaiore

There are numerous high quality hotels, villas, apartments and agriturismi (Farm stays) available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Forte dei Marmi – Photo © giuliomarziale
Forte dei Marmi – Photo © giuliomarziale

Forte dei Marmi

It is the most recent municipality, having been founded in 1914. Its territory borders Marina di Pietrasanta in the south and stretches up to Cinquale in the northern part. The modern area is built around its small historic center near the fort, dating from 1782. Today, its pier stretching out into the sea for about 100 meters, is frequented by strollers and fishermen but in the past was used to transporting marble from the Apuan Mountains.

On clear days a breath-taking scenery of the sea and mountain can be enjoyed from here and the Apuans seem almost to soar above the sea. Today it is a very popular destination for tourists from all over the world. In the 1930s Agnelli family chose the town for their summer residence making famous and starting a trend for many other wealthy industrial families coming from northern Italy who continue to spend their holidays here.

Roma Imperiale, to the south of the town center, is a maze small streets lined by a magnificent villas completely surrounded by luxuriant vegetation where the night life is enjoyed with moderation but can be as exciting as in the most famous resort in Sardinia. The incomparable Wednesday-morning weekly market in Marconi’s Square is famous all over Italy.

Where to stay in Forte dei Marmi

There are numerous high quality hotels, villas, apartments and agriturismi (Farm stays) available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Versilia Beach – Photo ©(gian)
Versilia Beach – Photo ©(gian)

Massarosa

Located at the foot of the hills, the territory became inhabited ever since the pre-historic age with peculiar environmental features. It consist of lake Massaciuccoli, cherished and celebrated by the famous composer Giacomo Puccini, as well as the hilly area cultivated with the vineyards and olive groves which, along with the home cooking of its restaurant, makes it a haven of peace, ideal to spend an afternoon away from the bustling life at the beach.

Where to stay in Massarosa

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Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta is a town of considerable artistic and cultural importance situated at the foot of the ancient Lombard Fortress overlooking the built-up area around the magnificent piazza del Duomo full of marble workshop and numerous sculpture studios.

Artists of all nationalities work and meet in the town, creating an intense artistic activity and during the summer these organize exhibitions as well as “one man shows” in relationship to more important events. Marble carving courses are also available for young artists from every part of the world.

The town also hosts the Museum of Models where sketches and models of famous Italian and foreign artists are displayed. Thanks to all these cultural initiatives, the town has been definedLittle Athens. Marina di Pietrasanta. the seaside resort, offers numerous welcoming cafès and discos in addition to a beautiful wide sandy beach and a clean sea.

Where to stay in Pietrasanta

There are numerous high quality hotels, villas, apartments and agriturismi (Farm stays) available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Serravezza Hills - All rights reserved by alexis greenberg
Serravezza Hills – All rights reserved by alexis greenberg
Seravezza Hills - All rights reserved by alexis greenberg
Seravezza Hills – All rights reserved by alexis greenberg

Seravezza

The town is situated at the foot of the Apuan Alps and its origins are medieval. Its mountainous territory is characterized by marble quarries, the main source of wealth of the place, highly sought after ever since the 15th century, to such an extent that actually Michelangelo came here to choose the raw for his works of art.

Of considerable interest is the 16th century Medici Palace, nowadays a venue for exhibitions and cultural events, in addition to a well-equipped Museum of Work and Popular Traditions.

Stazzema

Nestled on the slopes of Monte Matanna and surrounded by the fascinating peaks of the Pania della Croce and Corchia, the village of Stazzema is an ideal starting point for excursions to the Park of the Apuan Alps.

The first historic traces date back to the 9th century, when the construction of the Church Santa Maria Assunta began. Not far from the town is the Antro del Corchia – a huge karsic cavern – recently opened to the public. In the area is the village of Sant’Anna, where one of the most horrendous massacres by the nazis took place in 1944. On a hill a monument to Peace has been erected as a symbol for mankind.

Viareggio by night – Photo © duca80
Viareggio by night – Photo © duca80

Viareggio

Largest municipality in Versilia with an ancient center dating back to the 12th. Its name derives from the Via Regia, which joined the coast to the hinterland during the Middle Ages. The city is a renowned seaside resort, with its economy based on tourism, trade, fishing and floriculture. It boasts an efficient tourist port containing 500 boats. Viareggio’s shipyards are famous all over the world for the building, maintenance and repairing pleasure boats, mostly yachts.

Towards the end of the 19th century boat building gave the inhabitants of Viareggio the idea for the construction of the first carnival floats supported by a wooden skeleton. In the course of time these became today’s artistically created papier machè floats.The Viareggio Municipality also includes Torre del Lago Puccini, home to the Maestro Giacomo Puccini where he lived and composed many of his operas.

Where to stay in Viareggio

There are numerous high quality hotels, villas, apartments and agriturismi (Farm stays) available, check them out and make a reservation here.