Our favorite pit stop along the Tuscan coast is without a doubt the town of Forte dei Marmi, also known as the City of Marble. This jewel glistens its brightest out of season, when strolling along the sandy beach and booking a table at Bistrot comes without a hassle.
Words by Jennifer Papa
Forte dei Marmi takes the concept of seaside escape to a whole new level with its postcard setting, wide selection of exquisite restaurants, lush boutique hotels and exclusive shopping. This is how we recommend you spend your weekend in Forte dei Marmi.
STAY: The newly opened hotel Principe Forte dei Marmi offers an upscale Roma Imperiale setting. The interiors represent an evergreen minimalism that conveys comfort and tranquility—think marble, wood, whites, creams and taupes—and every angle, from rooftop bar to spa speaks of sleek, unshowy luxury. If you’re looking for a boutique hotel literally on the boardwalk, Villa Grey is the right choice for you. It is the perfect marriage of contemporary chic and historic charm. Perfect for anyone who enjoys lazy days at the beach club or in the green leafy garden.
DRINK: Start your evening with an aperitivo at Caffé Principe. Pricey, but perfect for people watching. For great cocktails, a chic setting and heart-stopping views over the Tuscan hills and the Mediterranean Sea, head over to the rooftop bar at hotel Principe Forte dei Marmi.
DINE: Try the fusion restaurant Fratellini’s. The menu promises an innovative mix of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. The chefs pay the utmost respect to the ingredients, preferably opting for organic and local produce. Lucky with the weather? Then make sure to book a table in their hip garden. If you’re hungry for something classic try Osteria del Mare. This gem is actually a fellow restaurant to Fratellini’s, offering an equally high dining experience. Although Osteria del Mare offers a more traditional menu than Fratellini, every plate outperforms our expectations. Leave enough room for dessert.
DISCOVER: Sunbathe on a comfy canopy daybed at any of the hotel beach clubs. If you’re in the mood for something more active, head up into the hills of Alpi Apuane for some hiking, or hop on a rental bike for a ride along the beach. For a dose of culture drive over to Lucca, famous for it’s intact Renaissance-era walls, Gothic style cathedral and picturesque squares. Don’t forget to do some shopping. Forte dei Marmi has everything from high-end designer stores and independent boutiques to affordable market stalls, coupled with a strong tradition of handcrafted goods.