Forte dei Marmi Location:
Forte dei Marmi is located along the northern Tuscany coast between the Marinas of Ronci and Pietrasanta, in an area known as Versilia. Forte dei Marmi is known for its clean, sandy beaches. See Versilia Map
Where to Stay in Forte dei Marmi:
Most hotels in Forte dei Marmi are along the seafront or very near it and some have private beaches. Hotels often close during late fall and winter. See or book Forte dei Marmi hotels, with guest reviews and photos.
Forte dei Marmi's Famous Weekly Market:
Forte dei Marmi offers its rich villa dwellers a Wednesday market that deals in designer clothing, among other things. It is known to offer bargains, it's the place to go to get cut-price reproductions of expensive designer clothes. The town of Forte dei Marmi is centred around the market and the marble fortress built in 1788.
Forte dei Marmi Beaches:
Most of all, Forte dei Marmi is a low key beach resort aimed at wealthy Italians. Forte Dei Marmi was, in fact, one of the first beach resorts in Italy, begun at the turn of the century and becoming instantly popular with royalty and the rich "beautiful people" who still flock to villas in the pines. The number of bathing establishments is enormous--you can see a list Bathing Establishments Forte dei Marmi.
One beach in particular has been singled out in 2006 as one of the ten top topless beaches in the world: Santa Maria Beach on V. Arenile n. 9.
Close to Forte dei Marmi is Torre del Lago (sometimes called Torre del Lago Puccini), where Giacomo Puccini lived and wrote his operas. Today there's an open-air theatre by the lake where one can enjoy Puccini's operas beneath the stars. A summer festival is held here.
For more on Versilia, see our Versilia - Tuscany Coast - Beaches in Tuscany