Despite its exclusive boutiques, Forte dei Marmi is also a shoppers’ paradise for bargain hunters, with a famous flea market open every Wednesday from 8am to 2.30pm in piazza Macroni. The market is even extended to Sundays during the summer season. We also suggest visiting the Church of Sant’Ermete, as well as Villa Bertelli, a 19th-century residence situated in the Vittoria Apuana neighbourhood that regularly organizes events, shows, concerts and exhibitions.
For those interested in Forte dei Marmi’s local traditions, we recommend the Palio dei Micci, or donkeys, which has been run in Querceta since 1956, and the Palio dei Bagni, a boat race with lifeguards from their respective beaches during the last week of August. There is also the tradition of lighting a fire in piazza Garibaldi on the evening of August 27 for the eve of the feast of the town’s patron saint St. Hermes. On August 28, a large fair takes place late in the evening and there’s a firework display on the pier.