Ancient cities, Roman coliseums, classical piazzas, unparalleled art, culinary delights, vineyards, rolling hills, rugged coastlines and snow-capped mountains…..an endless list of the attractions that dazzle visitors to Italy with their beauty, while the layers of history and colour beneath the surface charm make them long to stay.
Forte dei Marmi villa with a fascinating history and its own olive grove
The seaside town of Forte dei Marmi in the Tuscan province of Lucca is an excellent case in point. Its illustrious history dates back to the fifteenth century rule of the Medicis, who supplemented their vast wealth by mining its marble quarries. Built as a fort town, Forte dei Marmi has long been a popular seaside resort for wealthy Florentines too. Nowadays, discerning tourists from all over Europe spend their holidays on its blue flag beach.
If it’s la dolce vita you’re looking for, Forte dei Marmi definitely delivers. It’s home to exclusive beach clubs and Italian designer boutiques and there is a port with a thousand yacht moorings at nearby Viareggio. The town also has a number of five-star hotels such as the Hotel Principe with its eye-catching interior design and award-winning Lux Lucis restaurant. To complete the “Tuscan Riviera” picture, Giorgio Armani has had a holiday home here (a farmhouse redesigned in the nautical style, no less) for many years.
Stay beyond the holiday season though and you’ll stumble upon your own favorite path through the pinewoods to the beach, the same locals promenading the old jetty each day, a fabulous weekly market selling leather goods and cashmere and numerous bike trails. Follow your nose and you’ll also discover the renowned foccacia on sale at the Valé bakery in Forte dei Marmi’s main square.
The wonders of Florence and Pisa have been well documented and tourists visit these Tuscan cities in their hordes. A better kept secret, however, is Lucca’s provincial capital city of the same name, just a thirty-five minute drive inland from Forte dei Marmi.
Lucca is an ancient city with a sweeping town square, a vast park and a labyrinth of side streets in which to lose yourself. Lucca welcomes visitors just as it retains its Italian character; its sense of everyday life lived against a dramatic backdrop is all part of the appeal. A little further on you can escape to the hills of Gragnano above Lucca, where olive groves and panoramic views provide an obliging slice of Tuscan country life.
Spacious, well-lit attic apartment for sale in Lucca
British buyers will be pleased to know that property for sale in Tuscany, specifically Forte dei Marmi and the wider Lucca district combines this mix of glamour and unspoilt beauty perfectly. For example, Winkworth International has recently marketed a sympathetically updated 1930’s villa with a fascinating history and its own olive grove (see the first featured photo). Meanwhile, a farmhouse in the hills (see photo below) or a quirky city apartment in the heart of Lucca (photo featured above) make an equally distinctive purchase.
The terrace and beamed interior of a renovated Tuscany farm house for sale
Winkworth International would love to find you a property in this captivating corner of Tuscany. From advice on legal fees to registration taxes, we’ll do the hard work so that you can sit back, relax and watch your new home reveal its wonderful secrets.