Forte dei Marmi
The Fortino of Forte dei Marmi, Versilia
The city of Forte dei Marmi takes its name from the fort, "Il Fortino", which the Tuscany's Granduca Leopoldo I of Lorena wanted to be constructed in 1788 in the centre of the city to defend his territory from enemies. The Fortino also represents the blazon of the city. In piazza Garibaldi, next to the Fortino, there is a beautiful interesting groove dating back to 1700.
Forte dei Marmi is reputed to be one of the most appreciated seaside resorts in Tuscany, maybe because it has always been chosen by actors, politic authorities and industrialists, for their holidays. In fact, here you can take a stroll among many luxurious private villas, shops and restaurants. Forte dei Marmi is particularly interesting from an urbanistic structure point of view, above all the zone called "Roma Imperiale" is attractive, thanks to its villas lost in the green, pertaining to various styles and periods and projected by worldwide known architects like Michelucci, Giò Ponti and Pagano. Other sights of interest: Villa Agnelli (the current Hotel Augustus) equipped with an underpass leading directly to the beach and the Capannina di Franceschi club, the oldest Italian night, inaugurated in 1929 and still attracting thousands of people thanks to its '70s parties. There is also a wide range of superb hotels and bathing establishments all along the town.
Pressing on to the beach you will find the charger gangway used to embark huge marble blocks destined for all corners of the world one time, today just used as a touristic sight, but where it is possible to take a walk while admiring the coast at a distance of about 300 mt. far.
It is an exclusive resort offering a very pleasant staying to the wealthy tourists. It presents 5 km of sandy beaches and a promenade enriched with beatifulm palm trees and oleanders. Talking about the sea, it is important to notice that Forte dei Marmi is a "Comune Bandiera Blu" (Blue Flag Resort), an akcnowledgement given by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe (FEEE), that means that it is a safe and confortable seaside resort, with good and rigorous architectonic structures, a good sea quality and cleanness and special attention to nature field.