A seaside resort on the Tyrrhenian coast, Forte dei Marmi takes its name from the fort that lies right in the middle of the town, built by the Tuscan Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo to defend the coast, and from the marble in the nearby Apuan Alps, wich was once regularly transported down the mountains to the town pier to be loaded on to ships.
The beautiful area of Forte dei Marmi, once a marshland, is bordered on one side by the sea and the beach, entirely composed of fine golden sand, and on the other by the spectacular Apuan Alps.
The town has many wooded areas, mostly pinewood and a few surviving oaks, ancient plants that were once typical of the area.
The town of Forte dei Marmi, situated on the north coast of the province of Lucca, bordering on that of Massa Carrara, is part of the geographical/historical region of Versilia, with its seaside resorts and charming inland towns such as Pietrasanta, renowned for its community of artist and sculptors, ensuring a wide range of art exhibitions and festivals to be visited in the evening.
The nearby town of Torre del Lago hosts the summer festival dedicated to the operas of Giacomo Puccini, who as born closeby in the medieval walled city of Lucca.
Forte dei Marmi lies in a strategic position permitting visits to many of the most importan historical cities of Tuscany. The beautiful art towns of Tuscany: Pisa and Lucca are at 20 minutes' drive and Florence slightly over one hour's drive away. The pier of the town, originally used to load great blocks of marble onto ships to be transported all over the world, is today the departure point for the local ferry taking visitors, on one hour cruise, to visit the Cinque Terre and Portovenere, the pearls of the Liguria coast.
Events and tips in Tuscany
Discover the tips at Augustus Hotel & Resort in Forte dei Marmi to make your stay special.
Versilia Yachting Rendez-Vous
Im May, Viareggio, the heart of yachting production, will host the second edition of Versilia Yachting Rendez-vous, the exhibition dedicated to high-end international nautical industry.
An exclusive event reserved to the nautical excellence, with a program of events about yachting, art and design for a complete lifestyle experience.
La Versiliana Festival
The Versiliana open-air theatre, once dear to the great Gabriele D’Annunzio, and situated just steps from the Augustus Hotel & Resort, plays host to the Versiliana Festival between July and August every year. The event offers recitals, dance and music, along with a great number of shows suited to all tastes, as well as special guests and many nationally-recognised figures.
The celebrations and events for Sant’Ermete Days start on August 26 with the renowed beach clubs rowing race and the historical parade from the City Hall to the Sant’Ermete Church.
On August 28, the most important event of the Sant’Ermete Days – a wonderful fireworks display – closes the celebration. The pyrotechnics are launched from the city wharf and suggestively reflect on the waves of the entire shoreline. Our guests can exclusively enjoy the fireworks from our beach restaurant Bambaissa.
Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago
The Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago is the only one in the world dedicated to the composer Giacomo Puccini.
It takes place every summer during the months of July and August, in the very places that inspired Maestro Puccini’s immortal melodies.
The “Forte” Street-Market
The renowned street-market, with over 200 quality shops, taking place on Wednesdays and Sundays.
From the Augustus Hotel & Resort you can soak up the breathtaking Versilia landscape, with the Apuan Alps providing the backdrop to the golden sand bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea. And this varying landscape can also be found at the dinner table: Versiliese cuisine cleverly combines simple and natural ingredients which make our traditional dishes unique and delicious.
Our hotel is delighted to serve such artistic cuisine, rich in authentic, quality foods which give our dishes genuine gastronomic distinction.
So many ways to relax and have fun
For those looking for a stay that goes beyond simply elaxing on the beach or in one of our two swimming pools,the resort offers a wide range of activities: not least a sizeable fleet of rowing boats, for taking short trips out to sea or courses with instructors.
We can also book pro-level cycles and mountain bikes for longer excursions, as well as tennis courts at one of the nearby clubs or a round on a Tuscan golf course.
For those seeking cultural or gastronomic visits, we can arrange transfers to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and Maremma, by private car or helicopter, tastings at prestigious wine cellars and farms, and sailing or motor boat trips, the perfect chance to visit the nearby Cinque Terre.
Our reception can also book private flights to any destination, or tourist flights to take in the beauty of Tuscany from above.