The diversity and richness of the Versilia is found in the “proximity of two opposite powers: the sea and the mountain”, as Mario Tobino wrote. The chain of the Apuan Alps rises in the background no more than 15 km from the shoreline, in which the incessant work of Man is recognizable. This varied landscape includes hills that descend gradually from the mountains, down to the widest marshland in central Italy, which is located around Lake Massaciuccoli. Together with the pinewood of Migliarino, and the estate of San Rossore, it is part of a natural reserve that was established in 1979. Scattered around the approximately 24,000-hectare reserve are peat bogs, ruins of thermal baths, which date back to the II century BC, called Buche di Nerone (“Nerone's holes”), and the villa La Piaggetta.
The long sandy beaches that connect famous holiday resorts along the coastline are interposed by stretches of Mediterranean woods (called macchia). Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Pietrasanta, and Viareggio are just some of the very beautiful and lively resorts of the Versilia coastline. The combination of all these features make this part of Tuscany a must-see!