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Forte dei Marmi, Italy
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Low season in Forte dei Marmi

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Forte dei Marmi is the epitome of posh. This fashionable seaside resort boasts elegant hotels, upscale restaurants and fabulous shopping. Its meticulously groomed shoreline is fringed by blue flag beaches and decked with stylish bathing establishments offering everything from beach chairs to heated swimming pools. It's located in trendy Tuscany and is less than 30 minutes from Lucca and Pisa. What's not to like? In Forte dei Marmi posh also means pricey. - The only bargains on this stretch of Tuscan cost are limited to the weekly Mercato del Forte, a market featuring discounted designer goods. - The once understated atmosphere has given way to an air of opulence.
Cephalopod Facts

There are lots of fun facts about cephalopods. Did you known that?

  • Cephalopod, meaning head-feet in Greek, is a class of mollusk or soft-bodied marine animals. The class includes some 800 extant or living species including the octopus, squid and nautilus.
  • Cephalopods can be divided into three subclasses, Nautiloidea, Ammonoidea and Coleoidea. Nautiloidea is the oldest. Ammonoidea is wholly extinct. Coleoidea is the only subclass without an external shell.
  • Cephalopods inhabit the world's oceans and seas and live at a wide range of depths. They are found only in marine environments.
  • Cephalopods have a prominent head and set of arms. They have a bilateral body meaning their left and right sides have the same shape and size.
  • Cephalopods have keen eyesight and good sense of touch. They are highly intelligent and have a well-developed nervous system.
  • Cephalopods crawl and swim. They crawl on their arms. To swim, they squirt a stream of water.
  • Cephalopods can change color rapidly. It's their primary defense against predators.
  • Cephalopods are carnivores. Their favorite foods are fish, crustaceans and other mollusks.
  • Cephalopods first appeared in the Furongian Epoch, 500 - 488 million years ago, and were once the main form of marine life.
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