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Versilia: what to see, best beaches and nightclubs

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Very often when we talk about Versilia we think of summer holidays, the sea and discos. But beyond the entertainment opportunities that the Versilia Riviera offers, this area that stretches from the mountains to the sea it is much more than just a place for fun.

In Versilia you will also find many cultural events and historic centers of great interest, places where you can eat excellent Tuscan cuisine, spas and streets dedicated to luxury shopping, for a holiday able to satisfy the tastes of young and old.
It is fair to point out that the territory of Versilia proper includes the municipalities of Forte Dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Sarravezza and Stazzema but today it is customary to include the maritime territories of the municipalities of Camaiore, Viareggio, Montignoso and Massa in the Versilia Riviera.

Here is one for you small guide with everything you need to know about Versilia: what to see, best beaches and nightclubs!



Index

  1. Info and useful tips
  2. What to see: beaches and places of interest
  3. Where to eat in Versilia: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: discos and nightlife areas
  5. User questions and comments

Info and useful tips

  • an excellent base to sleep in is definitely Marina di Pietrasanta, due to its central position in the Versilia area. Cheaper but equally valid may be the choice of staying in Lido di Camaiore - Hotels and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room
  • the best way to reach Versilia is definitely to use your own car; along the A12 motorway you will find the "Versilia" exit, perfect for reaching both Forte Dei Marmi and Marina di Pietrasanta, while if you have chosen to stay in Lido di Camaiore, it is preferable to use the "Viareggio" exit; the closest airports are those of Pisa and Florence for scheduled flights, while if you decide to fly with a small private plane, you can comfortably land at the Massa-Cinquale airport; as for trains, Pietrasanta station will be convenient for visiting the town of the same name, but not as practical if you decide to stay by the sea, Forte Dei Marmi station is a few kilometers from the town itself, while Viareggio station it is within walking distance of the city center
  • Getting around: the best way is by car and then to go around villages and beaches on foot; if you want to use public transport, urban travel is managed by CTT nord while for interurban buses it is advisable to use the Lazzi bus lines.
  • Where to park: in Versilia the parking lots are paid, you will find many, both on the seafront and in the internal areas, but do not think that the stops are cheap; if you are in the Versilia Riviera, the best place to leave the car is the seafront which, starting from Marina di Massa, reaches Viareggio; the cost of parking, according to the meter, varies from municipality to municipality but is still around € 2,00 per hour

What to see: beaches and places of interest

1 - The Versiliana

Historic building located in Marina di Pietrasanta, inside the Versiliana Park, is a historic villa immersed in the pine forest that inspired the famous poem "The rain in the pine grove" of the Vate and that it was also the summer residence of D'Annunzio.

To date, it is home to a literary café and a foundation that promotes and welcomes cultural events of the highest level, from debates to theatrical performances. For 40 years, this has in fact been the location of the famous La Versiliana Festival.



  • 10 minutes by car from Marina di Pietrasanta and Forte Dei Marmi; 15 minutes drive from Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio - Get directions
  • every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 22:30
  • free entrance to the park; paid shows

2 - Forte Dei Marmi

Forte Dei Marmi is a small jewel of the Versilia Riviera in which to admire the windows of the great high fashion brands and feel for a moment the protagonists of unbridled luxury.

Il the town center is on the sea and has a romantic pier. In addition, in the shopping area you can also admire the Forte Lorenese, a military fort located in the center of the city and which dates back to the 700th century. Mainly built with a defensive function, during the period in which the area was used as a trading post for marble, it was also used as a warehouse.

  • 5 minutes by car from Marina di Pietrasanta; 15 minutes drive from Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free
  • Tuscan day tour: Pisa, Lucca, Forte dei Marmi

3 - Pietrasanta

The historic center of the city of Pietrasanta is rich in history and culture: unmissable the visit of its Cathedral which contains works of the highest value. Above the village, you will find the Rocca di Sala, a Ghibelline fortification of great historical importance and today under restoration.

The city is famous for its sculpture workshops and for often organizing traveling exhibitions in the streets of the village, especially active on summer evenings.



  • 15 minutes drive from Forte Dei Marmi, Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Viareggio

Home to one of the most famous and fun carnivals in Italy, Viareggio is worth a visit in any season of the year. The city promenade and its shops are located directly on the city waterfront but the interior of the village is also worth a stroll.

If you are a lover of floats and disguises, reach the Citadel and visit the carnival museum.

  • 15 minutes drive from Forte Dei Marmi and Pietrasanta - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

5 - Torre del Lago Puccini

The only village in the municipality of Viareggio, Torre del Lago is famous mainly for its numerous villas, including the villa that hosted the master Puccini, from which the hamlet takes its name.

If you are a lover of opera, don't miss it season of the Puccini Festival held every summer.

  • 25 minutes drive from Forte Dei Marmi and Pietrasanta - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Masaciuccoli Oasis

Unusual destination for those looking for the Versilia nightlife, the Massacciuccoli lake and its own oasis protected by LIPU will allow you to dedicate yourself to a relaxing path in search of swamp birds, walking on wooden walkways completely immersed in the silence of nature.



  • 25 minutes by car from Forte Dei Marmi and Pietrasanta - Get directions
  • all year from 9:00 to 19:00
  • € 3,00

7 - Beach of the Darsena

In Viareggio, beyond the Darsena, one develops wild beach, immersed in the Mediterranean scrub and surrounded by pine forests.

If you are looking for a corner of peace to enjoy the sea, play sports or simply walk, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is definitely the place for you.

  • 25 minutes by car from Forte Dei Marmi and Pietrasanta - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Sant'Anna di Stazzema

Located in the Versilia Alps, Sant'Anna is a small fraction of the municipality of Stazzema that he was the protagonist of a massacre carried out by the Nazis.

In addition to having a memorial to the victims of Nazi-fascist violence, which deserves to be visited to never forget, the place shows a enchanting view of the valley, the sea and the mountains surrounding.

  • 30 minutes drive from Viareggio, Forte Dei Marmi and Pietrasanta - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - WWF educational center

Located in the municipality of Massa, in the hamlet of Ronchi, the WWF educational center is built within a coastal area with original environmental characteristics and contains the typical aspects of the coastal forest behind the dunes. Allows one pleasant walk to discover nature.

  • 10 minutes by car from Forte Dei Marmi; 20 minutes drive from Viareggio - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 00 to 19: 00
  • free

10 - Serravezza

Silver medal for civil valor, Serravezza was born between two rivers, the Serra and the Vezza, and is located in a small valley closed by the mountains. Ideal for a leisurely stroll in search of a little coolness during the summer season, the historic center displays interesting medieval architecture and the Medici Villa.

  • 30 minutes by car from Viareggio and Lido di Camaiore; 15 minutes drive from Forte Dei Marmi and Pietrasanta - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

Where to eat in Versilia: the best restaurants

  1. The good mood: restaurant that offers fish-based dishes of the Mediterranean tradition, organized in a slow food menu that sees the local fish as the protagonist
    Average price per person: € 40,00
    Address and contacts: Via Marco Polo ang, Viale Capponi, Viareggio (Get directions) / tel: 339 6920936, Pagina FB
  2. Pinocchio: typical Italian cuisine of land and sea with forays into the Tuscan culinary tradition; excellent wine cellar
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: Vicolo S. Biagio 5, Pietrasanta (Get directions) / tel: 0584 70510, Pagina FB
  3. Lorenzo restaurant: luxurious and refined restaurant specializing in seafood and shellfish accompanied by champagne; the proposals of the sea are unsurpassed, even those of land are excellent
    Average price per person: € 100,00
    Address and contacts: Via Giosuè Carducci 61, Forte dei Marmi (Get directions) / tel: 0584 874030, Pagina FB

What to do in the evening: discos and nightlife areas

For sure, in Versilia there is no lack of evening entertainment! The Riviera Della Versilia is the realm of nightlife, to which not only tourists from all over the world arrive in search of luxury and entertainment, but also the inhabitants of the entire province of Lucca and Massa-Carrara. The territories with the largest number of discos are Marina di Pietrasanta and Forte Dei Marmi: the premises are located on the seafront that starts from Marina di Massa and reaches Viareggio.

In addition to the wide range of discos, during the Versilia summer you will also find one wide range of cultural events, if you are looking for a more sophisticated and less noisy entertainment, like the events of the Villa La Versiliana and the exhibitions that wind through the open-air streets of Pietrasanta.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  1. La Capannina di Franceschi: famous for the countless films that have been set there, the Capannina was a jetset place for all the 70s and 80s and still today it is an excellent nightclub for lovers of live music and entertainment; offers the possibility of organizing your evening starting from dinner.
    Address: viale della Repubblica 16, Forte Dei Marmi (Get directions) / FB page
  2. Seven Apples: a disco with a historical presence in the Versilia panorama, Seven Apples offers classy entertainment; ideal for hip hop, reggaeton and R&B lovers.
    Address: Via Lungomare Roma 108, Marina di Pietrasanta (Get directions) / FB page
  3. Twiga Beach Club: a luxury bathhouse that turns into a nightclub when the sun goes down; it starts with an aperitif at 20:00 in an atmosphere that recalls Africa and continues until late at night.
    Address: Via Lungomare Roma 2, Marina Di Pietrasanta (Get directions) / FB page
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