One of the most popular regions in Italy, with its mountains, vineyards, beaches and cultural cities, Tuscany continues to be a hugely popular destination for visitors from across the world. From the mountains to the sea passing through Pisa and the beautiful Florence, the region offers varied charms.
The Tuscan Coast
If you land in Pisa you will not be far from the sea. In half an hour you will reach the coast with your rental car. During the high season the seaside resorts of Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Pietrasanta and Marina di Carrara are very lively. Be careful, on private beaches you will have to pay for your pitch or go directly into the water.
Forte dei Marmi is probably the most expensive coastal town, lined with hotels, villas and luxury shops. Viareggio is famous for its carnival, which transforms the city for 5 weekends in the year.
Tip: It gets so warm in the afternoon in Tuscany that it is often nicer to move by car than by foot. Parking spaces are available even in high season. The number of your licence plate will be photographed by equipment to monitor parking.
The Apuan Alps
Behind the beaches of Marina di Pietrasanta and Viareggio you will find the Apuan Alps. If you cross them, do not miss their many marble quarries. Follow the road Strada Provinciale di Arni to discover the most beautiful panoramas. You will then reach the Garfagnana, an area with incredible charm in the province of Lucca.
This medieval village lost between lake and mountain has a fairy tale look, 1 hour drive from the coast of Versilia.
- Step 2: Cava dismessa Hen Aux
Just before reaching the Strada Provinciale di Arni, you will pass Cava dismessa Hen Aux, a former stone quarry.