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 weeklyMercato del Forte, a market featuring discounted designer goods. - The once understated atmosphere has given way to an air of opulence.
Forte dei Marmi is the westernmost town in the area of Tuscany known as Versilia. The seaside resort is located 110 km from Florence, 40 km from Pisa and 40 miles from Lucca. It's accessible by rail and road. Apart from the private airport in Cinquale, 5 km north of Forte dei Marmi, the nearest airports are in Pisa and Florence. Pisa airport is the better-served of the two. It's also better connected by public transport, train and bus. Local trains stop in Forte dei Marmi. Long distance trains - Intercity and Eurocity - stop in Viareggio, the main town in Versilia. Forte dei Marmi is accessible from A12 motorway, exit Versilia.
Beach vacations are best June through mid-September. August, the peak season, is both crowded and expensive. Spring is ideal for sandcastles but the sea is too cool for much more than wading. Early September is an ideal time to travel with babies and toddlers as are the sand is no longer scalding but the sea is still warm enough for swimming.