Stay as a local in Tuscany: things to do in Versilia

August 17, 2020

Named after the river that runs from Seravezza to the glamorous beach at Forte Dei Marmi, Versilia has a mild, favourable climate. Exploring the region opens up a range of possibilities to discover stunning landscapes, fantastic food and charming towns.

Learn about art and Culture

Renowned for its art scene, cultural events such as literary and film festivals take place throughout the region all year long. The town of Viareggio was the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, who is celebrated at the annual Puccini opera festival, and also hosts the legendary Carnevale.

In the summer, there are many great beachgoers and tons of events with writers, artists and performers. In the winter, literary fairs and film festivals draw experts and amateurs from all over.

Explore the surrounding hills

Nature-lovers, head towards Camaiore whose surrounding hills are home to delights such as the secret waterfall at Candalla, the Natural Reserve of Lake Massaciuccoli and the panoramic Alpine hiking trails from Casoli or Metato. In this area, you’ll find the local favourite La Dogana, a simple restaurant located at the top of a winding, wild path in the hills of Camaiore. Don’t miss their seafood spaghetti and sugar biscotti.

Go on a day trip to Pietrasanta

A visit to Versilia would not be complete without a day trip to Pietrasanta known as “Little Athens” thanks to the town’s long-established tradition of sculpture-making, with Michelangelo himself having spent time in workshops learning from local artisans. Although not commonly available, if you can manage to secure a visit to a marble or bronze studio during working hours, you definitely won’t be disappointed. It’s also worth spending a day at one of the marble quarries located outside of town.

The most delicious gelato in town is from Gelateria La Cremeria, on Piazza Della Stazione, an absolute must-visit for any visitors.

Aside from art and ice cream, Pietrasanta has a vibrant local community who typically appear in the streets and the main square from 5pm to take their evening aperitivo. Join them in a glass of wine and a light bite at one of the spots on the Piazza del Duomo. The streets around the square are also home to small art galleries, speciality shops and artisan workshops, perfect for picking up gifts or souvenirs.

Rounding out the day

As the sun begins to set, head to the Complex of Sant’Agostino next to which you’ll find a nice uphill walk to the Rocca Di Sala. This 13th century Palace is unfortunately closed for visitors, but it does provide a magnificent view of the town and the Tuscan countryside. Having surely worked up an appetite, make your way to Osteria La Brocca and eat simple, classic dishes such as tagliatelle with ragu or their speciality pappa al pomodoro, a bread stew with garlic, tomatoes and Pecorino.

Elsewhere in Versilia, a trip to the coast offers at Forte Dei Marmi the possibility of taking an unforgettable sunset cruise, from which you can contemplate the majesty of the cliffs and hills.

How to get to Versilia

The nearest airport to Versilia is the Galileo Galilei airport (Pisa airport). From there you can either take the bus, train or taxi to Versilia.

Where to stay in Versilia

Locanda Al Colle is an artsy modern guesthouse in Tuscany with an exquisite mountain and sea view and even better service. Learn more