Discovering Tuscany’s secret Riviera — the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Jun 20, 2022 265

It is late afternoon on Bagno Carducci beach and all around, bronzed Italian families are beginning to pack up their raffia bags. Tuscany may be loved by the Brits for its cypress-topped hills and glorious sunflower fields, but for the Italians it is Versilia Riviera, just a short drive from Pisa and Lucca, that is the star attraction.

And taking pole position is Forte dei Marmi, a resort town perched at the top of the coastline where Bagno Carducci is just one of its many beaches. Attracting well-heeled Italian families as well as fashion royalty – the billionaires Miuccia Prada and Giorgio Armani both have holiday homes nearby – Forte dei Marmi’s swish seaside heritage stretches back to the early 1900s when it became one of Italy’s first holiday destinations.

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