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Versilia


Versilia is a part of Tuscany that goes from the Apuan Alps to Lake Massaciuccoli, bounded on the north by the mouth of Cinquale

The municipalities that are part of it are all located in the province of Lucca. They are: Camaiore, Pietrasanta, Serravezza, Forte dei Marmi, Stazzema, Massarosa and Viareggio.

Typical of the coastal area are the woods along it. The best known is the Parco della Versilia, which has an area of eighty acres and is located in Marina di Pietrasanta.

The beaches of Versilia are well known and appreciated in Italy and abroad. Italian and foreigners find those suitable places for quality vacation.

Interesting to see it is the Museo Archeologico di Camaiore where since 1986 many remains dating back to prehistoric times are kept.

In Camaiore there also is the Museum of Sacred Art housing since 1936 paintings and a beautiful collection of gold artefacts and vestments coming from churches in the district.

In Viareggio there is the Civic Museums of Villa Paolina once the summer residence of Paolina Bonaparte.

In Pietrasanta there is the Rocca di Sala, a Ghibellina fortress overlooking the historical centre. It is a castle with corner towers and a central bastion of the Lombard period.

Versilia is a Tuscany tourist area par excellence and offers excellent accommodation for every budget. There are many resorts such as farmhouses or Bed & Breakfasts immersed in a rural atmosphere in ancient villas and many apartments to rent for the summer holiday.

Of course it is possible to stay in Campsites, well suited to those who decide to take a holiday at low cost and to the youngest.

And to enjoy the Italian cuisine there is an endless array of fine restaurants based on fresh fish and fine wines.

It is easy to reach with any means of transport.

By car: A11 Firenze Mare, A12 Genova-Livorno, A15 Parma-La Spezia and exit at the toll-house Versilia and Viareggio. As an alternative to the motorway: SS1 Via Aurelia and SP439 Via Sarzanese.

By train: on the railway line Torino-Roma, at the station of Viareggio (also Intercity) and Forte dei Marmi-Querceta-Seravezza (local and regional trains). It is reachable also by the line Firenze-Viareggio (only local trains).

By airplane: Pisa “Galilei” International Airport and for aero-taxi service Cinquale airport.

By bus: Lazzi (regional buses from Firenze, Pisa and Lucca), Clap (from Lucca and local buses, principal stations of Viareggio and Pietrasanta).

From the sea: Viareggio touristic harbour, other accesses by the small harbour of Cinquale and Marina di Carrara.

Tourist information:

Versilia Tourist Agency, administrative centre: Viareggio, Piazza Mazzini, c/o Palazzo delle Muse; Information Office, tel. 0584-962233 Tel. 0584-48881, fax. 0584-47406, www.versilia.turismo.toscana.it

Economy
Versilia economy is extremely various. Along the coast predominates the touristic and receptive activity with more than 650 hotels for every kind of need and means, from five-star luxury hotels to the boarding houses, from residences to camp sites, and e few farm holidays. This activity influences also the fields of commerce, bathing and restoration. In the hinterland, besides the growing of tourism, prevalent activities are still those linked to marble extraction and working. In Viareggio the yard activity for pleasure-boat has developped. This is one of the most important in Italy. In the agricultural field dominates the floriculture activity that has a commercial result in Viareggio Flower Market, without forgetting horticulture and the culture of olives on the hills.

Climate
Versilia enjoys a peaceful mild and temperate climate all year long. The average temperature goes from 10°, during the winter, to 25°, during the summer. Due to the vicinity of the Apuane to the sea, rains are abundant during the whole year; whereas during the summer there are short but strong thunderstorms.

Things to do
It is possible to come to Versilia on holidays during the whole year.
During the summer, when the sun heats the sandy beaches, the vicinity of the Apuane mitigates the heat and the climate becomes pleasant with windy days and fresh nights. During the day, it is possible to enjoy oneself on the beach and take a plunge in the sea, or a walk within the green of the pine forests, on the hills or on mountain paths, or take a visit to art cities and small villages well known to mass tourism.
During the night, there is only the embarrassment of choosing, from night clubs to open door theatres, from shopping to cultural exhibitions, from gastronomic feats (“sagre”) to simple walks. Following the trend of Capannina in Forte dei Marmi and Bussola in Focette, two night clubs that are the symbols of the golden years, in Versilia are gathered pubs, piano bars and disco bars, discos, and other meeting places where music trends are able to satisfy every needs, from jazz to opera, from classical music to the latin-american one.

It is possible to practice sports, from the more traditional one such as tennis, swimming and sailing, to the less common one such as golf, surfing and hang-glider.

The bike path starts from Viareggio pine-forest and reaches Marina di Pietrasanta and it is also used by those who love jogging. There are about 500 bathing establishments of medium-high level equipped to serve snacks and lunches, many of them have a swimming pool, beach volley and “calcetto” (6 footballer in each team) ground.

Events & Festivals
Versilia offers all year long a rich events calendar of national and international level, among which Viareggio Carnival, Puccini’s and Versiliana Festival, Europacinema, and the Satire Award stand out. Furthermore, there are classical music concerts in Pieve a Elici, organ concerts in Corsanico, ancient traditions of sawdust carpets in Camaiore and of the living creche in Pruno, artistic exhibitions in Pietrasanta, surveys of Demetra typical products in Capezzano, “Enolia” in Seravezza and several gastronomic feasts scattered around the whole area during the whole year.

Prices
Life quality is therefore high. Versilia offers everything either to the resident or to the tourist as what concerns the life style and amusement. All this has a cost that makes this region one of the most expensive all over Italy. During the last years house prices has risen more than elsewhere: there is a high demand for buying the second house as an investment to be rented during the summer. The same happens for night clubs and restaurants prices that are higher after the introduction of the Euro. Therefore, it happens that the ratio quality-price sometimes is not respected.

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