Nature and plenty of scenery, along with the mild climate, make Versilia a place suitable for holidays of every kind - sea, sport, culture, nature and relaxation – and all year round.
The Versilia coast stretches for about twenty kilometres close to the Apuan Alps.
It includes seven municipalities: Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta and Viareggio on the coastline, Massarosa near lake Massaciuccoli, Camaiore in the hills and Stazzema and Seravezza in upper Versilia, in addition to many smaller places of extraordinary natural beauty, rich in history.
The hinterland is dotted with small medieval villages, archaeological sites and Roman ruins and offers a rich environmental heritage, enhanced and protected through the presence of vast natural parks.
There are countless opportunities for recreation and leisure, even off the beach.
The Apuan Alps nearby, for example, are the ideal place for lovers of trekking, mountain biking and adventure climbing.
For easier walks, but always full of nature and fun, The Migliarino - San Rossore - Massaciuccoli Park, just south of Versilia, provides opportunities to visit all its different environments - from the coastal pine forest and salty marshes to the lake - via an organised network of trails with no difficulties, suitable even for families with small children. The Park also organises guided tours on horseback and by bicycle, as well as boat excursions to the Cetacean Sanctuary (where you can observe dolphins and whales in their natural environment, under the guidance of experienced and qualified staff).
In addition, the most popular tourist destinations are all connected by bike paths. From Torre del Lago, along the bike path and the avenues of the Migliarino Park, you can easily reach Viareggio and take advantage of the many opportunities that Versilia offers for shopping.
Besides the classic boutiques there are several antique markets and craft shops offering artefacts and furnishing accessories in stone, marble, terracotta, wrought iron and small articles even in papier-mâché. You can also find plenty of local organic food products such as oil, honey, flour and natural essences.
Versilia provides also a varied programme of folklore, musical and artistic shows and events all year round.
Among the most famous the Carnival of Viareggio, the Versiliana (evening theatre, drama and dance performances as well as concerts) and the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, a major opera festival, entirely dedicated to Giacomo Puccini, which is held every summer on the shore of lake Massaciuccoli in an open air theatre. In Torre del Lago, you can also visit the house – now turned into a museum - where he composed some of his most famous melodies, such as Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and La Fanciulla del West.