Forte Dei Marmi


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Forte Dei Marmi
Forte De Marmi is principally a domestic resort favoured by well-to-do Italian couples and some families with quiet, older children. The majority of foreign tourist are German but it is also popular with the well-heeled from all over Europe. There are plenty of smallish mid-range hotels but surprisingly few luxury ones (Italy's well-to-do families preferring their own holiday homes). Many hotels are converted and extended Edwardian mansions. A wide pale-grey swathe of sand stretches the entire length of the resort. Most of the beach is leased to private bathing establishments providing row after row of formally arranged sun shades, deck chairs and loungers; some also have showers, bars and restaurants. A variety of tiny changing huts line the whole back edge. The daily charge for use of these facilities is not insignificant (especially in high season). Relatively modest public beaches exist at each end of the resort. Normal small town shops are supplemented by a good range of designer boutiques selling high fashion, quality shoes, handbags and knitwear. Several art galleries offer work by local artists. An evening market operates on Wednesdays. Daytime activities tend to include: quiet beach life and strolling along the shoreline are the main activities with limited water sports. Tennis in resort and a golf course 4 miles away. Hillwalking.
Nightlife: promenading till the early hours, window shopping and people-watching in pavement cafes. A couple of unsophisticated nightclubs. A small children's fairground, minicars and pony carts operate around Piazza Marconi. The majority of restaurants are in hotels with relatively few independent establishments. Pizza and pasta snack meals are widely available in cafe bars but many specialise in ice cream, coffee, wine or beer. Local and regional buses operate along the coast road but no round-town service. Local trains from Querceta 2 miles inland to the mainline station at Viareggio. Local excursions include trips to: Pisa and Lucca; Portofino fishing village and crafts; Chianti country; Carrara town, mountains, marble quarry and workshops. Whole-day trips to: Florence; Siena and San Gimignano; Vinci ? home of Leonardo; Elba scenic island and coastline; guided hillwalks.