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Forte dei Marmi, the VIP Italian seaside resort

03 January 2018

Dream homes and luxury villas by the Tuscan sea

For those who have always dreamed of a luxury villa by the sea, Forte di Marmi is surely one of the most exclusive destination for finding dream homes. Founded in 1914, it is one of the most recently constituted municipalities and extends over 9 km2 between the towns of Cinquale and Pietrasanta. Forte dei Marmi is a renowned seaside resort in the province of Lucca, in Tuscany, and its name derives from the fortification positioned in the town centre, named “Fortino”, belonging to the grand duke and built at the end of the 18th century to safeguard the port of call and the precious marble that from the Apuane Alps was transported to the wharf to be shipped. The town owes its rapid success to tourism, which started after World War Two, when it became an exclusive destination for aristocrats, wealthy industrialists and intellectuals. The fort is the centre around which this town developed, and today Forte dei Marmi is a famous seaside resort, an exclusive destination for Italian and international personalities from finance, sports and entertainment. Forte dei Marmi offers numerous streets with boutiques and delightful fresh fish restaurants, fashionable cafes and bars, for tasty and breakfast or an afternoon aperitif, green tree-lined alleys and luxury villas with beautiful gardens that make of this town a truly luxurious and relaxing paradise. The sandy beaches in Forte dei Marmi became a holiday destination particularly during the ‘20s, because of their quality and exclusiveness and also because washed by the Blue Flag award winning crystal blue sea; here clubs and bars are a celebrity showcase and a stage for Italian summer trends. The closeness to the Apuane Alps makes of this town one of the most unique areas of Italy: the high mountains are less than twenty kilometres away from the coast, offering a breathtakingly spectacular natural landscape. There are a number of sports clubs in this area: sport lovers can go horse riding, play golf, go trekking and for long bicycle rides. Forte dei Marmi is also ideal to reach the majour Tuscan tourist destinations and resorts: the inland area of Verisilia, the towns of Pietrasanta, Lucca, Pisa and of course the beautiful city of Florence, but also the small, typical medieval hamlets one discovers along the wine road, among estates, country houses and wineries. Forte dei Marmi was originally populated by those moving from inland and is today witnessing a revers trend.

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