Versilia, Viareggio

Versilia

From the beaches to the Apuan Alps among tradition and fun

Golden beaches, little towns and nature parks worth discovering, a mild climate and nightlife brimming with performances and entertainment: this is Versilia. A strip of seaside that extends across 20 kilometres of hillsides, olive groves and vineyards, skirting Massaciuccoli Lake and the Apuan Alps, where archaeological sites, Romanesque churches, medieval towns, fortresses and castles bear witness to a land populated since Neolithic times. In the summer, writers, artists and celebrities flock here for the beach life. In the winter, literary and film festival draw in enthusiasts. 

Versilia is a scattering of past glories that influenced the main towns: Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta and Viareggio along the coastline; Massarosa near Lake Massaciuccoli; Camaiore in the hills; and Stazzema and Seravezza in Upper Versilia, as well as a set of smaller towns of breathtaking natural beauty, evoking an unexpected and wild image.

Sea, mountains, hills, endless sandy beaches and luxuriant Mediterranean greenery are the distinguishing features that talk of the charm of an area that has always been a place for fun, tourism and carefreeness. Thanks to the history, nature and the mildest of climates, Versilia enables visitors to enjoy its long beaches all year round, in addition to the verdant Apuan Alps, perfect for hiking and mountain biking. At the same time, the flat strip of land behind the coastal towns encourages relaxing walks and cycling in the pine groves along trouble-free trails vaunting rewarding scenery.

Day and night, Versilia is a place renowned for its entertainment, famous for its summer fun and a year-round playbill, from the legendary Viareggio Carnival to the musical Festival Pucciniano.