Forte dei Marmi, a haven surrounded by the mountains and sea, is the perfect place to spend a weekend carefree in complete peace and serenity. In the 18th century, this marble-clad town became a popular holiday destination for artists, businessmen and aristocrats. Today, both Italian and international tourists and personalities frequent Forte dei Marmi for a luxurious and tranquil escape. To experience the best that this trendy seaside town has to offer, here’s our guide to spending a weekend immersed in glamour and serenity.
It would be an absolute crime to skip out on some beach time during your weekend stay. Unwind and relax under your wooden hut or in the shade of green pine trees on the golden sand. Head over to Twiga Beach Club for an exclusive spot that offers a sea water swimming pool right next to it’s golden beach and relaxing Arab-tents that offer maximum comfort and style.
Later, hop on a bike and ride along the beach promenade or head inland to explore some old villas in Roma Imperiale. If you’re looking for some more outdoor adventure, try your hand at some sporting excursions. There’s a sailing school in nearby Versilia as well as year-round surfing that will allow for some fun adventure on Forte dei Marmi’s cool blue waters. If you would like a break from the water, pay a visit to Forte dei Marmi’s exclusive tennis clubs and golf courses.
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Traditional entertainment is one of the best aspects of Forte dei Marmi culture for you to explore. Visit the city’s intriguing Museum of Satire and Caricature to observe the many collections of satirical text and artwork regarding Italy’s political history. If fine art is more your style, head over to the city’s Eden Fine Art Gallery to indulge in paintings, mixed media, sculpture and photography.
Before you start your day with any of those excursions, grab a Cappuccino and a sweet pastry at Pasticceria Gelateria La Milanese for breakfast. A simple but tasty meal alongside stunning seaside views and sunshine is a great way to start off you day.
For a top-notch fine dining experience, head over to Ristorante Lorenzo for lunch or dinner. Just minutes away from the beach, this 30-year-old restaurant serves authentic Italian seafood cin delicatably elegant style. Charming and tranquil, Ristorante Lorenzo’s environment is the epitome of what visitors and locals alike most enjoy about Forte dei Marmi. Try their crunchy Pink Lobster with Celeriac and seasonal truffle or the Spaghetti Versilese, a pasta with clams, mussels and fresh tomato.
If you’re looking for traditional Mediterranean cuisine for one of your nights out, look no further than La Magnolia, located in critically acclaimed Hotel Byron. This Michelin-starred restaurant, led by Chef Cristofo Trapani, is the perfect fusion of elegance, comfort and sophistication. You’ll dine poolside and indulge in the traditional flavors of Tuscany. With authentic and local products paired with a good wine list, your dining experience here will be one to remember.
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Luxury shopping is another “must” on your things to do during your weekend stay. Whether you’re looking for a trendy yet casual look, or a chic designer brand, the possibilities are endless in Forte dei Marmi.
Fiacchini Boutique is a great choice if you want to shop exclusive brands. Here, you’ll find Fontana Milano handbags, eye-catching outfits from Tom Ford, and footwear and other accessories from Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Saint Laurent.
Kose Rose is a colourful women’s store located in Versiglia. Established 15 years ago, Kose Rose’s goal is to offer unique clothing and accessories that could not be found elsewhere. In chic hippy style, you’ll find long, flowy skirts and dresses, as well as large earrings and bracelets, perfumes, and intricately-patterned handbags.
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