Forte dei Marmi is a seaside town in the Versilia, in northern Tuscany, famous for its tourism and for being the preferred holiday destination of many VIPs. To understand just how important tourism is in Forte dei Marmi, just think that during the summer the population nearly triples! Tourists can relax in Forte dei Marmi on the long sandy beaches and do some shopping in the exclusive designer boutiques (but don’t worry, there is also a weekly flea market!). So what should you see during your time in this exclusive beachside town? Here are some of our suggestions.
The “fortino,” or fortress is an interesting site for history buffs.Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo de’ Medici founded Forte dei Marmi at the end of the 18th century to fulfil two functions, customs and defence, and the “fortino” dates to this period. Nowadays, it’s home to the Satire and Caricature Museum and the local post office. The museum has become a conservation, collection and research centre on the history of satire and caricatures from all over the world, and features original drawings by both past and contemporary artists. It also boasts a library with more than 2,500 volumes, a video library and a multimedia archive, and stages temporary exhibitions about the world of satire.