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Sunrise at Forte dei Marmi jetty
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Forte Dei Marmi’s ancient pier

From Michelangelo to modern day surf champions

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Forte dei Marmi

Take a moment to look out from the limit of the pier, towards the open sea. The waves break onto the sandy beach a dozen of metres away. A surfer with its board races to the water of the Tyrrhenian Sea, ready to catch the next wave.

Once upon a time this was the place where huge blocks of marble coming from the Apuan Alps used to be shipped, destined to become statues in the hands of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Now it’s where the athletes from all over Italy and Europe compete.

Forte dei Marmi
Forte dei Marmi - Credit: Francesco Falciani

The pier at Forte dei Marmi was built mainly to carry the marble used for statues and works of art. Then, between 1876 and 1877 (thanks to the design of Giovanni Costantini) the carriage of large marble blocks on boats was simplified. The dock was used until the mid-twentieth century when, during the Second World War, it was destroyed by the Nazis. What we see today (a jetty 275 meters long) is therefore a reconstruction of the postwar period.

At sunset, when surfers swim back to the shore, slipping over the red colored water, it still offers the most beautiful view of the Marble Riviera.

Forte Dei Marmi
Suspended between the pier and mountains, this is the most exclusive town in the versilia
A must-visit destination for those who love the sea and high fashion, Forte dei Marmi is one of the chicest and most up-to-date towns in the Versilia. The small town attracts tourists from all over Europe every year thanks to its beautiful beach, elegant villas immersed in pine groves and the impressive view of the Apuan Alps, which serve as a majestic background behind the town. ...