Versilia is a coastline area in the North-West of Tuscany comprised between the mountains chain of the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea. A strip of land of about 20 kilometres in length and 18 at its maximum in width, that offers a variety of natural environments, ranging from sea, sandy beaches, vast pine and chestnuts woods and the incomparable panoramas of the mountains.
Versilia is well-known all over the world mostly for its seaside resorts and for the sandy beaches; the area boasts more than 400 bathing establishments. The lively nightlife of Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi and other minor resorts draw to Versilia young people and not so young alike.
Major resorts in Versilia
-Forte dei Marmi- Favourite resort for celebrities, with its irresistible charm and the elegant shops, draws important people ranging from artists to well-known people of financial world.
-Viareggio The largest resort in Versilia, includes with its beaches two pine wood forests. Viareggio is also famous for its unique Carnival which is one of the major Carnival festivals, boasting the most important cart parade in Italy.
Nature in Versilia
-Apuan Alps- Mountain chain located just a few kilometres away from the sea, it reaches with its highest peaks nearly 2,000 mt. This mountain chain offers unique scenery, with peaks of incomparable beauty, with the green of the woods alternate with the white of the marble quarries. A variety of mountain activities are possible, including excursions for rock climbers, speleologists and for mountain walkers.
-Viareggio Carnival One of the most beautiful and spectacular Carnival of the world, with huge processions and parades taking place the day of Fat Tuesday and the four week-ends preceding this day.