Discover the Area
Set in the beloved Tuscan seaside province of Versilia, the Locanda’s incomparable location allows for a variety of day trips.
The Tuscan coastline is renowned for fantastic restaurants, great art, and unspoiled beaches. Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, and Viareggio are a few of the most popular towns. Lord Byron once lived in coastal Lerici, and beautiful, verdant hiking and other nature pursuits can be found farther up the coast around the Cinque Terre. Just beyond Cinque Terre is one of the gold coasts of Italy: Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, and the tiny gem of San Fruttuoso.
If you are seeking mountainous outdoor adventures, your desires are met at your doorstep. The Apuanian Alps surround the Locanda, rising from the Versilian plain to a height of 2000 meters. The marble quarries of Carrara are not to be overlooked. In fact, we are approaching a momentous anniversary: 2018 marks 500 years from the date of Michelangelo’s signed contracts for the stone of La Pieta and other historical sculptures. Seravezza, and the ‘Michelangelo Quarry’, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Sight.
Traveling back towards Tuscany, the Locanda is only a half hour from the beautiful walled town of Lucca, Puccini’s birthplace and the town where he write most of his arias. In July and August, Torre del Lago celebrates Puccini with an open-air opera festival. Pisa is also a half hour from Locanda, and Florence can be reached in one hour. It should be noted that the medieval pilgrim route of Via Francigena literally passes our doorstep. Connect with history on this ancient path that leads from France to Rome. Alas, there is more to our area than the towns most written about in guidebooks, and we would be delighted to share with you our favorite smaller towns according to your tastes and preferences.
Nestled in the foothills of the Apuan Alps, Carrara recounts a history composed of marble, art and natural vantage points.
From its beautiful cathedral exposures of the Academy of Fine Arts to the enchanting Alberica and the many marble fountains, Carrara provides a remarkable vista of the striking white peaks of the Apuan Alps, as well as an enduring memory of a beautiful artistic, and culturally significant locale.
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare are the five villages that make up the colorful Cinque Terre, all facing the intense azure sea. Walk along biking paths, hop on and off the train, or drive along the cliff side roads and discover small and charming seaside villages.
Florence is Florence. Florence is art, history, and culture. It is the place where the Renaissance is still palpable. Brunelleschi’s Dome, Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Uffizi Gallery surprise the traveler time and time again. All of the big names in fashion are here, as well as endless Tuscan trattorias that send the perfume of soup and grilled meets into the cobble stoned lanes. Florence is a dream within reach.
Forte dei Marmi
Forte dei Marmi is Versilia’s seaside resort at its best. Stroll along the promenade with wooden cabins in pastel colors, taste the sea at one of the characteristic restaurants, and enjoy the pleasures of shopping and musical evenings.
Within the ancient Renaissance walls is an elegant town of narrow streets, small squares, beautiful churches, antique shops, and taverns that smell of Tuscan cuisine. Almost hidden among the narrow streets, Amphitheatre Square opens suddenly to reveal the beautiful elliptical shape and a succession of shops and lovely restaurants.
The marble of the Apuan Alps has been extracted for centuries and is still used in the many workshops found in this artistic town. Pietrasanta may be described as sober and elegant, never excessive, but yet an appreciator of classical art and music. The town is also known as the stage for numerous summer events and a hotbed of creativity with its small trendy shops.
On the map you will find Piazza del Duomo, also known as the Square of Miracles. On the green grass of the great Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Leaning Tower of Pisa offer a unique architectural scenario, a rare and beautiful framework that speaks to our region and our history. Here you will find both a symbol of a city and that of a country.
The embrace of the sea hugs fishermen’s houses and the hill of Tigullio, creating a small horseshoe shaped gulf that smells of summer.
Between Portofino and Camogli, a thousand year old monastery is lapped by the sea.
Approaching the Abbey of San Fruttuoso by sea is to take a trip back in time and to discover a place that seems untouched by the modern world.
Santa Margherita Ligure
With its crystal clear waters and beautiful marina, Santa Margherita has always been an elegant summer holiday destination.
Torre del Lago Puccini
Lazily lying on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli, Torre del Lago is famous for the Puccini festival that takes place every year in the outdoor amphitheater. Inclusive of opera, dance, musicals, and concerts, summer in Torre del Lago is a succession of music and emotions.
With its long promenade lined with shops, the famous carnival, the elegant and historic bath house, and the many meeting places for young people, Viareggio is the cheerful character of the Versilia, it exudes a desire to make merry in all seasons.