Historic Versilia comprises the current Communes of Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Seravezza e Stazzema, whereas "Touristic Versilia" comprises also the Communes of Camaiore, Massarosa and Viareggio. The latter, larger area offers visitors 20 kilometers of sandy beaches, public and private, and mountains that rise as high as 1800 meters; it is bordered on the north by the mouth of the Cinquale River, the east the Apuan Alps, the south the Lago [Lake] di Massaciuccoli and the west the Ligurian Sea.
There are numerous pine forests all along the coast, only a few meters in from the sea; the most renowned of these, the parco della Versiliana is in Marina di Pietrasanta. This particular pine forest became famous thanks to poems by Gabriele D'Annunzio who lived there and was inspired by it. The town of Pietrasanta, called "little Athens" because of its artistic and cultural riches, is considered the capital city of the Versilia area.
Forte dei Marmi with its fancy shops, restaurants and nightspots that cater to élite tourists is one of the most exclusive and fashionable attractions on this coast; it is

the home of Italy's oldest night-club, the Capannina di Franceschi, opened in 1929.
The name of the town, Forte dei Marmi [Fortress of Marble], explains its origins: it is located at the end of the road (built at the request of Michelangelo Buonarroti) used to transport marble from the quarries in the Apuan mountains. The communes of Seravezza and Stazzema, just a few kilometers in from the coast, frame Versilia with the parco delle Alpi Apuane, where one can take guided excursions, do trekking and rock climbing, and stay overnight in any of the many mountain huts. Viareggio, called "the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea" thanks to its many characteristic Liberty style buildings, is famous above all for its Carnevale [Carnival festivities], held in winter before Lent, that attracts visitors from all over Italy and abroad. The town is also well known for its shipyards that produce some of the world's most elegant sea-going yachts.
Versilia presents numerous events and recreational activities for all tastes: discos with music and dancing, music revival shows, concerts, exhibits, and Church and local holiday festivities.


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Not to be missed, the spectacular Cave di marmo di Carrara [Carrara marble quarries] from which precious white marble has been extracted since Roman times.

On exiting from Carrara one goes towards Campocecina: from here there is an excellent view onto the quarries below and one can follow the various phases of transport of the marble down to the valley.

Also worth a visit is the little town of Colonnata, the home of a famous lard.

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