To visit Versilia is to encounter a place rich in history, poetry and art, breathtaking landscapes, unspoilt nature and walks of discovery. The Versilia is not only synonimous with enjoyment, tourism and unforgettable holidays, but it is also a magical and unique area in which local traditions and stories live on in a strong archeological and architectural context, the legacy of a centuries-old past.
A visit to Versilia means to experience a blend of thoughts and feelings, of culture and enjoyment, in a land that descends from the mountains, of Apuan Alps, down to its sandy coastline. It is to enter one of the most famous and sought-after areas in Italy and Europe.
The Versilia is distinguished by grand period buildings in the Liberty style, only a short distance away from bathing resorts and pinewood forest, characteristic of the area. Here you can find riding stables, bikeways, tennis courts and merry go-rounds, as well as tranquillity, relaxation and sense of well-being.
If you are on holiday in Versilia, there are many fine places to visit between its beaches and its hinterland. There are, for example, Pietrasanta, Marina di Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Seravezza, Stazzema, Camaiore, Lido di Camaiore, Massarosa, Viareggio, and Torre del Lago Puccini.
The Versilia is a place of stunning charm, which, in the course of centuries, has exerted a strong influence on all who have visited it. This includes artists of world renown, such as Giosué Carducci, Gabriele d'Annunzio, Fernando Botero, Percy B. Shelley, the Poet Byron and the writer Malaparte.
Above all one remembers the celebrated composer Giacomo Puccini, who established a close connection with the Versilia, particularly with Torre del Lago and Viareggio.
It was here that he stayed and found the perfect source of inspiration for his work in its environment.
In Torre del Lago, a short distance from Villa Puccini, where he lived and worked, there now stands the oper- air Grand Theatre. This theatre has the evocative backdrop of the lake of Massaciuccoli as the natural scenery for its productions of Puccini's operas.
by Provincia di Lucca