Versilia is an expanse of coastline between the towns of Viareggio and the dazzling and stylish Forte dei Marmi. It is considered to be one of the most popular seaside resort areas in Tuscany.
Apart from the famed Carnival Festival of Viareggio, few know about the historical, artistic, and architectural wonders tucked away in the less trodden towns of the hinterland such as Pietrasanta and Camaiore.
- Viareggio: take a leisurely stroll along the seafront promenade and discover some very beautiful and characteristic buildings in Tuscan Art Nouveau style.
- Pietrasanta: an ancient and charming town where artists and sculptors have gathered since the 15th century. Today it is considered an international art and sculpture center aka “Little Athens”. Many of the most famous contemporary artists in the world come to use the local marble studios and bronze foundries. Worthy of visit is the Gipsoteca, the plaster cast gallery.
- Camaiore: this small and picturesque town, dating back to Roman times and fortified in the Middle Ages, is also home to the well-known 12th-century Abbey of San Pietro.
It is possible to book a visit to the hangars of the Carnival Citadel and the Maritime Museum of Viareggio.