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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 06/23 TO 07/03

Friday, 23rd June 2017

Forte Children
Events for children: Itinerante, Forte dei Marmi.
Forte Children presents its rich program , which will be on stage across the city from 10 to 25 June . The event, funded by the Municipality of... [continua]

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Saturday, 24th June 2017

Charitable Auction for Earthquake Populations
Cultural events: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
Charity Auction for Earthquake Populations, Saturday, June 24 at 6pm at Villa Bertelli. The initiative, which has the patronage of the Commune of... [continua]

Sport and nature in Dante Square
Sport: Piazza Dante, Forte dei Marmi.
Sports and Nature is a winning combination to stimulate body and mind. In Piazza Dante, in Forte dei Marmi, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25, the event,... [continua]

Forte Children
Events for children: Itinerante, Forte dei Marmi.
Forte Children presents its rich program , which will be on stage across the city from 10 to 25 June . The event, funded by the Municipality of... [continua]

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Sunday, 25th June 2017

Sport and nature in Dante Square
Sport: Piazza Dante, Forte dei Marmi.
Sports and Nature is a winning combination to stimulate body and mind. In Piazza Dante, in Forte dei Marmi, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25, the event,... [continua]

Forte Children
Events for children: Itinerante, Forte dei Marmi.
Forte Children presents its rich program , which will be on stage across the city from 10 to 25 June . The event, funded by the Municipality of... [continua]

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Monday, 26th June 2017

"The Avenger" by Guglielmo Longhi, presentation at Caffè Bella Vita
Cultural events: Caffè Bella Vita Forte dei Marmi, Forte dei Marmi.
Monday 18 June at 18:30 at the Forte dei Marmi Coffee Shop Via Buonarroti, 42/F) will be presented with the novel " The avenger "... [continua]

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Tuesday, 27th June 2017

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Thursday, 29th June 2017

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Friday, 30th June 2017

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Saturday, 1st July 2017

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Sunday, 2nd July 2017

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]

Monday, 3rd July 2017

Little Red Riding Hood
Theatre and Dance: Villa Bertelli Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 200, Forte dei Marmi.
A rearrangement by the Sganzigatto company that explores the secrets of the fairy tale, to return it to the public in a careful and valuable; still... [continua]