An exclusive day in Forte dei Marmi
A sunny Sunday afternoon in Forte dei Marmi is a perfect moment for people who love walking around high-fashion made in Italy boutiques. Forte dei Marmi is an enchanting village of Versilia, along the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most known and trendy seaside resort in Tuscany.
It has been known since 1519 when Michelangelo Buonarroti was working in these parts. Thanks to him, the road Via del Marmo was lay-out to carry the blocks of precious white marble from Carrara quarries to the sea.
Forte dei Marmi takes its name from the fort built in the city center in 1700, as well as from the Carrara marble extracted a few miles from the town and famous all over the world for its incredible quality.
Only in late 1800s, Forte dei Marmi became one of the most requested summer holiday destinations by aristocracy, diplomacy and business men. Today it is popular among national and international celebrities, politicians, football stars and rich managers.
Things to do in Forte dei Marmi
Beach and relax. Here you find a quiet and private place to rest under the shadow of pine trees or under your cabana. You only have to choose between one of the many luxury bathing establishments you will find along the 7 miles of fine and sandy beach.
Nightlife. There are excellent restaurants and a lively night life on bars and clubs like the famous La Capannina di Franceschi.
Shopping in Forte dei Marmi
Walk around boutiques looking for brand new bags, hand-made shoes, and clothes: Prada, Tod’s, Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Moncler, Scervino, Cavalli, Fiacchini, Volponi and other international brands like Louis Vuitton, Rolex and Philippe Plein.
Forte dei Marmi Market
Every Wednesday morning of the year from 8.00 am to 1.30 pm (and also on Sunday morning during summertime), Forte dei Marmi host one of the most exclusive street market of Italy. You can make great deals buying designer clothes, cachemire, leather goods and other excellent products for a discounted price. You can find the Forte dei Marmi market on Piazza Guglielmo Marconi.
Stroll About. Another unmissable thing to do in Forte dei Marmi is walk along the beach or along the old jetty taking a breath of salty sea air. You will find old locals fishing, couple of lovers walking and tourist getting on board the ferry to the amazing Cinque Terre for a daily excursion.
Rent a bike. Jump on a bike and ride along the beach promenade. Or through the old shady streets, looking around old celebrity villas. This is the best and traditional way to explore Forte dei Marmi and enjoy this nice seaside resort.
Did you know that:
- Forte dei Marmi is the birth place of Paola Ruffo di Calabria, Queen of the Belgians from 1993 to 2013.
- Gianni Agnelli, former CEO of FIAT, the famous Italian car company, used to spend in Forte dei Marmi his summer holidays with the family at Villa Costanza. His sister Susanna Agnelli, wrote an autobiography about those days in Forte dei Marmi on her book We Always Wore Sailor Suits.
- Forte dei Marmi became, in the course of time, “the place to be” or the place to own a villa for many important international names as the novelist Thomas Mann, the writer Aldous Huxley, the inventor Guglielmo Marconi, the sculptor Henry Moore, the director Luchino Visconti, the Nobel prizewinner for poetry Eugenio Montale, the stylist Giorgio Armani and the tenor Andrea Bocelli.
- In Summer 2014 and 2015, Andrea Bocelli chose his beautiful Villa in Forte dei Marmi to host an exclusive dinner for the charity Celebrity Fight Night Foundation. Guests of the likes of Sophia Loren, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie, Zubin Meta, Larry King, Ronnie Dunn, John Legend and George Clooney were invited.
If, during your holidays in Forte dei Marmi, you wish to discover something more about the area, have a look also at this post about the 15 things to do in Versilia.