That’s amore! Italy in the summertime – nothing better. When it comes to Italy, we’re what you might describe as aficionados (if you’re a real Italian who speaks Italian, that’s Italian, right?). Whilst we love and are sartorially obsessed with the Cinque Terres, Positanos and Amalfi Coasts of this world, there is one very special spot in Tuscany that has captured our heart and will never leave it. It’s a trio of little towns: Forte dei Marmi (for all that glitters), Lucca (for tree-lined streets) and Pietrasanta (for beautiful views and fantastic pasta). These lesser known spots have it all: the beach, the mountains and the best tagliatelle bolognese you will ever taste. We hear that those in the know make this their destination of choice for the summer: Cavalli, Naomi Campbell and Giorgio Armani have been known to frolic on a yacht in these very waters of a late summer. Herewith, our guide to the quieter side of Italy’s famous beach destinations.
You could spend your entire holiday in Tuscany eating pasta, fish and drinking delicious wine – and you should! Here are some of the best on offer in Forte, Lucca and PIetrasanta. And don’t forget to eat gelato morning, noon and night. There are so many flavors to choose from, you could basically eat a scoop every hour on the hour.
This is one of the most fun spots to go out in all of Tuscany, it’s indoor and outdoor bar and club and you can dance the night away, lose your friends, find a lover, lose said lover, find your friends again, forget it all happened and do it again the next night.
Another fun bar and club to mingle with locals and holiday-goers alike. Expect some cheesy music, delicious mojitos and excellent people watching.
The Italians love both their boats and their bagni, and the coast along Forte dei Marmi up to Viareggio is replete with cool Bagni to see and be seen. Below are two options that have consistently entertaining people watching and excellent gelato.
If you’re looking for a little more culture, head to PIetrasanta’s galleries, it’s been a retreat for artists and art-lovers alike for centuries. Showcasing works by Surrealist artist Christo and sculptor Botero.
Honestly, if you can find a villa and fill your friends with it for a week – this is the way to go. Rent a car and blend in the locals who have been coming here for years, settle into the way of life here and enjoy. Have at it on AirBnB and go wild!