The Versilia Region is situated in northern Tuscany, between the Cinquale estuary in the north, the Apuane Alps in the east, the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west and lake Massaciuccoli in the South. Enclosed between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apuane Alps, at the very north of Tuscany, Versilia represents the fusion between nature and culture. A strip of straight coast which goes on for about 20 kilometres, enclosing hills cultivated with olives and vineyards, the lake area of Massaciuccoli, the peaks of the Apuan Alps and the presence of archaeological remains, roman parish churches, middle age towns, fortresses and castles are all a testimony of the history of this territory, inhabited since the Neolithic Era. Versilia is made up of seven municipalities; Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Servezza, Stazzema, Camaiore, Massarosa and Viareggio, which are all located in the Lucca province. A dense network of rivers and canals criss-crosses the region. The largest one starts at the point where the rivers Serra and Vezza converge, and joins the sea near Cinquale, in the Massa Carrara province. The coast is dotted with numerous beauty spots, the most famous being the Versiliana Park, which stretches over 80 hectors of land, ending up at Marina di Pietrasanta. In the summertime this is the meeting place for writers, artists, people of the entertainment industry and of a large number of culture heritage enthusiasts.
In winter cultural, literary and cinema events gather experts and onlookers. Such an extraordinary territory, scattered with fortresses, villages, coastal towers, representations of a historic past which traced the development of the main cities: Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Viareggio on the Massarosa coastline near the lake of Massaciuccoli, Camaiore on the hills, Stazzema and Sevarezza in the high Versilia region and to top it all those municipalities surrounded by minor settlements which can proudly boast natural treasures of exceptional value and a history rich of events. The capital city of Versilia is Pietrasanta, rich in art, culture and character. The beach at Marina di Pietrasanta is shared between Fiumetto, Tonfano, Focette and Motrone. Forte dei Marmi is the tourist capital of the region, and is particularly popular with the wealthier traveller. The liberty style buildings of Viareggio, which is particularly famous for it’s carnival, are simply resplendent, and the city also enjoys a lively nightlife. By contrast, Alta Versilia, made up of Servezza and Stazzema, makes for a more peaceful and tranquil retreat, whereas the region of Camaiore, ideally located between sea and mountains, offers a bit of everything. Finally, the landscape and culture of Massarosa offers a change from that of the more coastal municipalities, and travellers will find an atmosphere of blissful tranquillity on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli. A sailing vacation in Versilia is really an exclusive experience. During the last years Versilia has become one of the top destination in Italy for summer holidays and most of all for sailing holidays. Imagine do this vacation by the sea enjoying the sea during the day without share a crowded beach but relaxing on an elegant motor yacht or a comfortable catamaran or a charming sailing boat while everybody on the land is looking for a little portion of sand to lay the towel…then after the hottest hours go to land and take part to the amazing Movida of the area…. During the night, there is only the embarrassment of choosing, from night clubs to open door theatres, from shopping to cultural exhibitions, in Versilia are gathered pubs, piano bars and disco bars, discos, and other meeting places where music trends are able to satisfy every needs, from jazz to opera, from classical music to the latin-american one.
Lido di Camaiore spreads out for more than four km along a coast of fine sand. Since the beginning of the last Century, Lido di Camaiore has been one of the most renowned seaside resorts in Italy. Gabriele D'Annunzio was the first to prefer this place to crown his love with Eleonora Duse. In the same estate "Consigli" where the poet lived his delightful moments, - in a second time renamed Rolandi Ricci - then came also illustrious guests like king Vittorio Emanuele III and Guglielmo Marconi. The real boom rose after the second World War, when Lido became one of the favourite destinations for the large national and international tourism. From the hotels on the sea to the bathing establishments, Lido has today everything for those tourists who need to spend a relaxing and comforting holiday with all the family. Plus, there is a large range of possibilities offered by the neighbourhood: the mountains and the cultural cities as Lucca, Pisa and Florence.
The beach is large and comfortable and just beside the bathing establishments, there is a wide choice Of shops and pubs for having fun during the night. Furthermore, the town council has recently arranged a tract of free beach in front of Piazza Lemmetti, with showers, toilettes and beach umbrellas, in order to let everybody enjoy the pleasure of the sea and the sun. But on our web site we provide another kind of vacation: Imagine visiting Camaiore on a comfortable catamaran or on a luxury motor yacht, enjoying the sun and the sea during the day, aware from crowded beaches and landing in the amazing little town during the evening, having a walk and special dinner in one of the famous restaurant of the area or spending the night in one of the famous club of the little town. This will be another way to visit one of the most beautiful tourist area in Italy…
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Forte dei Marmi
Forte dei Marmi is definitely an not to be missed stop during your sailing Holidays in Versilia, this amazing region perfectly situated among Tuscany, Italian Riviera, Liguria, Corsica and French Riviera. Forte dei Marmi his famous for his the nocturnal life and his beach. Forte dei Marmi beach is 5 Km long. It goes from the mouth of the Cinquale up to the mouth of the Fiumetto and it is traditionally a beach patronised by important people from show, finance, sport that since the 60’s patronised sea areas and historical clubs such as La Capannina di Franceschi (a well known night club). Historically speaking, the first nucleus was born around the 16th century around a block-house near the beach that was built against Corsair incursions. The increasing exploitation of marble caves on Apuane increased the trade of boats that put blocks on board and unload goods. Therefore, the block-house became also a warehouse around which gathered an always increasing number of peasants and fishermen. For this reason the Grand Dukes of Lorena built a more massive block-house (thus the name of the place). At the beginning of the 90’s writers and artists such as Thomas Mann, Aldous Huxley, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Eleonora Duse, Curzio Malaparte came here on holidays and they were followed by industrialists and business men such as the Agnelli family. They marked the beginning of elite and elegant tourism tradition of Forte dei Marmi.
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Viareggio is thought to be the most famous municipality of Versilia. Still a relatively young city, the draining of the marshes marked an increased development of the tourism and manufacturing industries, and the city became the centre of commercial activity in the Lucca province. Wealthy merchant and noble families commissioned the building of grand villas in the 18th and 19th centuries, which are typical examples of the liberty style architecture of the era and are located along the seafront. Villa Puccini, Villa Argentina, Villa Crastan Arrighi and Villa Paolina are probably the most impressive, but the seafront also boasts many other interesting establishments, such as the Principe di Piemonte hotel. The best way to visit Viareggio is an amazing sailing charter in Versilia. Imagine arrive in Viareggio on a comfortable catamaran or on a luxury motor yacht, enjoying the sun and the sea during the day, aware from crowded beaches and landing in the amazing little town during the evening, having a walk and special dinner in one of the famous restaurant of the area or spending the night in one of the famous club of this fascinating world famous little town. Viareggio is most famous for it’s carnival, which has taken place every year since 1873, featuring colourful papier-mâché floats, which constitute veritable works of art. The only hamlet of Viareggio is Torre del Lago Puccini, where the composer built a villa on the shores of lake Massciuccoli, which has now been turned into a museum. Villa Orlando and Villa Ginori are also worth a visit.
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