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Discover Forte dei Marmi – What to do in the Italian Saint-Tropez?

September 14, 2020

The Italian Saint-Tropez, the Hamptons of Tuscany… come discover with us Forte dei Marmi!

A friend of ours has invited us for a week in his villa in Tuscany, North Italy, at Forte dei Marmi, a town we only knew by reputation: famous Italian influencers and footballers usually spend their summer here!
We went there in September, and even if it was much more quiet than in July or August, we had a fabulous time there! If you need to let yourself unwind, this is the perfect Italian destination!

A quick history of Forte dei Marmi

Forte dei Marmi, which means in Italian “Fort of the marbles”, became a summer resort town at the end of the 18th century, when rich Italian families looked for heathy air by the sea.
Ideally located near the mountains and bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Forte dei Marmi is now a favoured destination of wealthy Italian families coming mostly from Florence and Milan, but also for some Europeans, such as Germans and Russians.

You will only find 58 hotels today in Forte dei Marmi, for a total of 1.965 rooms. However, many wealthy Italian families have bought their secondary residence in the resort town, and you can find some gorgeous palaces on Airbnb, Booking.com and other vacation rentals platforms.

What to do in Forte dei Marmi ?

Let’s be honest here, Forte dei Marmi is nothing compared to the rest of Italy… No Coliseum, no Duomo, no Pompei, but it’s the perfect stay to relax for a few days, go to the beach, do some (very expensive) shoppings and have some gelati while strolling in the very beautiful streets.
Everything there is safe, clean, and beautiful.

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Summer loading 🔜🇮🇹

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Go to the beach

In Italy, many beaches are still private and you will need to pay quite a lot if you want to come across Chiara Ferragni and her sisters at the beach. You can check the private beaches, prices for a day starts from 45 euros (and can get much more higher depending on the options you have selected). During summer, make sure to book it in advance.

We were definitely on a budget so we went to the Public beach, which was nice and clean, even if a little crowded. If you have forgotten your umbrella, don’t worry, you will find some itinerant vendors selling you all kind of stuffs (don’t forget to bargain, prices are always crazy expensive at first).

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Family in Forte Dei Marmi ❤️ #TheFerragnez

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Have a Michelin stars dinner

The absolute reference for great food, the Michelin guide has listed quite a few places in Forte dei Marmi and its area.
We have spotted some places but we were not able to try any of them this time, hopefully we will next time we go back ! If you have any recommandation about some Michelin stars restaurants, please let us know in comments.

Go shopping

Or if you cannot really afford it, go window-shopping ! Luxury shops everywhere, Prada, Gucci, Pucci… All the most famous and luxurious Italian brands are there. Maybe you may even find a gift for a loved one there !

A restaurant of Forte dei Marmi

How to get to Forte dei Marmi ?

Go to Forte dei Marmi by plane

The closest airport is in Pisa International Airport, about 35 minutes from Forte dei Marmi by car. You can also take a train from there to Forte dei Marmi from Pisa.

Go to Forte dei Marmi by train

The train station Forte dei Marmi-Seravezza-Querceta (4 km from the city center, about 10 minutes by car without traffic).

View from our villa at Forte Dei Marmi
View from our villa at Forte Dei Marmi

How to move around in Forte dei Marmi ?

Have a car

We drove to Italy from Paris, so we had a car with us during our week in Forte dei Marmi. However, we use the train and bicycles to move around in Forte and Tuscany.

Many parking spots are available in the city, however even in September it was often fully booked and we struggle to find a parking spot.
Don’t forget to pay for your spots, or you will get a ticket (as we did)! 42 euros ticket, with a decrease to 29 euros if you pay straight away.

Be very careful as well with the Zona a traffico limitato or ZTL, these zones are strictly reserved to locals and you will get some crazy fines if you drive around or if you park inside them. You will be fined 100 to 200 euros per way, and Italian police has 360 days to notify you. Try to avoid them as much as possible !

Rent a bicycle

Rent A Bici as Italians would say! Very common in the area and very convenient with many bicycle tracks everywhere, and paved streets. Very convenient to reach the Public beach as well which is a little far away, and to go back home after a too long aperitivo !

We had bikes available at the villa, but we have found a rental shop in the city: Forte bike Viale Enrico Morin, 22e, 55042 Forte dei Marmi LU. Count 100 euros for a basic bike for 3 days.

One of the pier of Forte dei Marmi
One of the pier of Forte dei Marmi

Where to eat in Forte dei Marmi ?

Have a gelato at Gelateria Cervino

Not many choices, but great ice cream and frozen yogurts. We went there 3 times, and Alexandra is already missing her combo Yogurt and Nutella!
Facing the Gucci shop, perfect for a gourmand window shopping !

Gelateria Cervino – Via Giuseppe Spinetti, 16, Forte dei Marmi

Have a pizza at Ristorante Pizzeria al Bocconcino

Cheap or reasonable priced restaurants is not something easy to find in Forte dei Marmi, but we have found at Ristorante Pizzeria al Bocconcino a great combinaison. The restaurant is located on the piazza Garibaldi, in the center of the town. Perfect to escape from the sun during your lunch break! Choose any pizzas or pasta, but don’t go for the pasta alle Vongole, our only disappointment there.

Ristorante Pizzeria al Bocconcino – Piazza G. Garibaldi, 6/N, Forte dei Marmi
Open everyday 12:30 – 14:30 and 19:30 to 23:00, except Tuesday 19:30-23:00

What to do around Forte dei Marmi ?

One day escape in the Cinque Terre….

About an hour away by train, discover the beauty of the old villages of the coast. We will soon write an article about this area.

Cinque Terre - Manarola
Cinque Terre – Manarola

An afternoon in Lucca

Easily reachable by train or by car (about 25 minutes), Lucca is a beautiful time nearby, with a magnificent city center. If you go there, you have to eat at the Osteria da Rosolo (Corte Campana, Lucques)

Alexandra and Rafael in Lucca
Alexandra and Raphaël in Lucca

A day in Florence

The Ponte Vecchio, Il Duomo, Uffizi Gallery... Florence – or Firenze– is not a city you can miss while in Tuscany.
2 hours from Forte dei Marmi, it’s a perfect day trip. An article will come soon about the perfect day to spend there !

Florence - The Duomo
Florence – The Duomo

If you are keen on Italy, check our article about our 5 favorite cities there!

  • Reply
    Alexandra C.
    September 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Superbe article, j’ai adoré vous lire !
    Hâte d’y retourner avec vous, pour plus de Spritzzzz avec Rafael ❤️

  • Reply
    Patricia Astruc
    September 14, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Tous vos lecteurs auront envie d’y aller ou d’y retourner.
    Beaucoup de talent pour capter à chaque fois la féerie de chaque endroit!
    C’est toujours magique.
    Merci à vous.

  • Reply
    Jean
    September 15, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Un superbe article qui permet de découvrir des lieux plein de charme et de magie

  • Reply
    Shelbs
    September 15, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Love this piece! I didn’t even realize it was so close to Florence and we were there for two days!

  • Reply
    Wendy White
    September 17, 2020 at 3:05 am

    How lucky that you got invited to this beautiful place. I love any part of Italy. Lucca would be amazing to see as would Cinque Terre. Sounds perfect to me!

  • Reply
    Beth
    September 17, 2020 at 6:33 am

    I love this piece, thank you.

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