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Forte dei Marmi

The dock of Forte dei Marmi

Forte dei Marmi is one of the most exclusive and worldly destinations in all of Versilia: a refined and elegant corner which has never succumbed to mass tourism.

The first nucleus of the town, beginning in the 16th century, was built around a garrison designed to defend the coast form attacks form Corsairs. Later, with the increase of marble production, shipping traffic was increased, and the tows of quarry workers and fishermen which had formed there began to grow in importance.

Between 1782 and 1788, Leopoldo I of the House of Lorraine build the impressive four-sided coastal fort to defend the swampy area then undergoing land reclaiming works, to make the area secure and promote human settlement, which was rather scarce at the time. Over the years, the physiognomy of the building has changed, and today, although it sits in a modern urban context, it is still somewhat the symbol of the place. In the 20th century Forte dei Marmi began to be one of the first holiday spots. Among its famous vacationers are such names as Thomas Mann, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Curzio Malaspina.

Like many of Versilia’s other centres, the Forte’s urban plan is made up of a grid of regular tree-lined streets. The only important monument form the past is the granducal fort, which rises out of Piazza Garibaldi, among the quiet pines. On one side of the fort is a beautiful 18th century well. One of the oldest remaining buildings possibly dates to the 16th century; the Magazzino del Ferro, or la Magona, a customs house for handling marble, recently restored and now the home of a local radio station.
Although the public cannot visit it, on the outside of the building, well in sight, are a pair of Medici coat-of-arm. Forte’s environment is worldly, although discreet and restful, set in the lush pine woods and tree-lined street of the centre. Among the locales, it is worth visiting the historic Capannina di Franceschi, riding the crest of the wave since 1929, when Achille Franceschini transformed an old hut into an exclusive spot for the jet-set of the day. It owes its fame to the formula of restrant with music and dancing. It is traditional for the vacationer to take a daily walk along the famous pier, which extends300 meters out to sea and once server for loading marble.

But Forte’s real beauty is its beaches, occupying the northern end of Versilia’s coastline between the mouth of the Fiumetto and that of the Cinquale. It is the only uniform and well-cared for beach to slope toward the sea, dotted by the colours of the bathing facilities. At the end of Forte dei Marmi is Vittoria Apuana, peaceful and exclusive garden-city, offering another splendid and well-equipped communal beach.

EVENTS IN Forte dei Marmi FROM 03/24 TO 04/03

Friday, 24th March 2017

The right advice for living "The third serene age", eminent specialists at Villa Bertelli Conference
Cultural events: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
An appointment with doctors, psychologists, accountants and representatives of the security forces Friday 24 to Saturday, March 25, from 9:30 to... [continua]

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

The Christmas exhibition in Forte dei Marmi - A summer at sea
Exhibitions: Museo della Satira e della Caricatura - Forte di Leopoldo I, piazza Garibaldi, Forte dei Marmi.
A summer at sea. Adventures and misadventures for a holiday laughable. " Exhibition of drawings of the school "U. students... [continua]

Saturday, 25th March 2017

The right advice for living "The third serene age", eminent specialists at Villa Bertelli Conference
Cultural events: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
An appointment with doctors, psychologists, accountants and representatives of the security forces Friday 24 to Saturday, March 25, from 9:30 to... [continua]

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

The Christmas exhibition in Forte dei Marmi - A summer at sea
Exhibitions: Museo della Satira e della Caricatura - Forte di Leopoldo I, piazza Garibaldi, Forte dei Marmi.
A summer at sea. Adventures and misadventures for a holiday laughable. " Exhibition of drawings of the school "U. students... [continua]

Sunday, 26th March 2017

Devour the art, a series of meetings at Villa Bertelli
Cultural events: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
Vanguard Art and gatronomia: the dream and inspirational food element of the artists becomes a reality material to share with the public in the... [continua]

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

The Christmas exhibition in Forte dei Marmi - A summer at sea
Exhibitions: Museo della Satira e della Caricatura - Forte di Leopoldo I, piazza Garibaldi, Forte dei Marmi.
A summer at sea. Adventures and misadventures for a holiday laughable. " Exhibition of drawings of the school "U. students... [continua]

Monday, 27th March 2017

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

Tuesday, 28th March 2017

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

Thursday, 30th March 2017

Getting ready for the opening of "What Forte science
Cultural events: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
Last preparations for "What Forte science" the first festival of scientific culture, to be held at the public library L. District Villa... [continua]

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

Friday, 31st March 2017

Getting ready for the opening of "What Forte science
Cultural events: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
Last preparations for "What Forte science" the first festival of scientific culture, to be held at the public library L. District Villa... [continua]

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

Saturday, 1st April 2017

Getting ready for the opening of "What Forte science
Cultural events: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
Last preparations for "What Forte science" the first festival of scientific culture, to be held at the public library L. District Villa... [continua]

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

Sunday, 2nd April 2017

Getting ready for the opening of "What Forte science
Cultural events: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
Last preparations for "What Forte science" the first festival of scientific culture, to be held at the public library L. District Villa... [continua]

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]

Monday, 3rd April 2017

Getting ready for the opening of "What Forte science
Cultural events: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
Last preparations for "What Forte science" the first festival of scientific culture, to be held at the public library L. District Villa... [continua]

"Made in Forte", art trails and light
Exhibitions: Pontile di Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
It will be inaugurated Saturday, February 18 at 16.00 at the Fort " MADE IN STRONG 1.0. paths of art and light ", a cultural and artistic... [continua]