tag archives: forte dei marmi

 

puglia (apulia), the ‘heel’ of the italian ‘boot’, is located between the adriatic and the ionian seas.  with approximately 800 kilometers (500 miles) of coastline.  along with cliffs, sea caves, coves, sand dunes, sand and pebble beaches.

map via zeemap

 

generally, the water is deeper along the adriatic coast than the ionian coast.  and, the east coast is generally rockier than the west coast.  but, the beach can be either rocky or sandy along either coast.

adriatic sea | east coast

polignano a mare | BA | italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

our entertainment during lunch at ristorante lo scalo,

located in marina di novaglie, near the ‘tip of the heel’ where the adriatic sea ‘meets’ the ionian sea.

adriatic sea | east coast

ristorante lo scalo | marina di novaglie | LE | italy

‘uno, due, tre!’ (‘one, two, three!’)

coached by mamma, who was taking photographs from a ledge on the cliff on the opposite side of the inlet

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace and bob walsh

 

our entertainment during an afternoon walk on the beach at lido morelli,

following lunch at osteria gia sotto l’arco in carovigno (near ostuni).

adriatic sea | east coast

lido morelli | ostuni | BR | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

my husband, bob, and i love to walk (and walk, and walk…) on the beach.  so, we prefer sandy beaches.

le spiaggia di pescoluse (the beach of pescoluse) may be the longest sandy beach in apulia.  about 5 kilometers (3 miles) long.  not as long as our favorite beach in forte dei marmi, which is about 30 kilometers (18 miles) long.  but, long enough to spend a couple of ‘beach days’ during our recent holiday.

the ionian coast between santa maria di leuca and gallipoli is known as le maldive del salento (the maldives of salento) because of the shallow, turquoise blue water.

ionian sea | west coast

le spiaggia di pescoluse | marina di pescoluse | LE | italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

le cinque vele (the five sails), ‘our’ beach club in marina di pescoluse, is supposedly the most stylish beach club on the ionian coast.

le cinque vele | marina di pescoluse | LE | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

perfect headquarters to walk north on the beach, towards torre pali.

le spiaggia di pescoluse | walking north on the beach towards torre pali

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

or south on the beach, through the ‘mobile shopping mall’…

mobile shopping mall | le spiaggia di pescoluse

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

…towards torre vado.

le spiaggia di pescoluse | walking south on the beach towards torre vado

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

if you were planning a beach holiday in italy, would you visit le maldive del salento?

or, the italian riviera?

forte dei marmi | LU | italy

30 kilometer (18 mile) sandy beach from viareggio to marina di carrara

photo credit fortedeimarmivillas.com

forte dei marmi, italy is the most beautiful beach resort that my husband, bob, and i have ever visited.  especially, if you love to walk on the beach like we do.

we enjoy the beach so much that forte dei marmi has become one of our favorite italian holiday destinations.

hotel principe forte dei marmi | viale morin, 67 | forte dei marmi, italy

forte dei marmi is located on the italian riviera, in lucca province, in the versilia region of tuscany, about 120 km (75 mi) west of florence

unlike american resorts, the coast is lined with beach clubs instead of hotels.  so, the hotel principe forte dei marmi is located two blocks inland.

you can either walk or ride a bicycle to the beach.  or, along the paved paths that run parallel to the beach.  or, into the town center.

blue bicycles | hotel principe forte dei marmi | forte dei marmi, italy

different hotels have different colored bicycles

the beach seems endless.  about 26 km (16 mi) long, running continuously between the towns of viareggio (to the south) and marina di carrara (to the north).

you can walk for miles and miles along the beach, which lined with beach club, after beach club, after beach club…  the beach is easy to walk on because the gradient is gradual, and the sand is compacted.

forte dei marmi is frequently referred to as ‘the hamptons of italy’.  it is quite crowded during the peak season of july and august.  so, we prefer to visit during september.  the weather is still warm.  and, it is much less crowded.  and, much more relaxing.

bagno dalmazia | affiliated with the hotel principe forte dei marmi | forte dei marmi, italy

‘our’ beach club

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

do you think that the ‘architect’ of this sand castle visited the vatican in rome enroute to forte dei marmi?

from this:

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near carrara, italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

to this:

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statuario marble | master bathroom | miami, FL | interior design by sand studios

photo credits ken hayden and ken hayden via luxesource

during our recent vacation, we planned to visit the sites of some of the marble quarries in the apuan alps, near carrara, italy, on the way from the airport in florence to the beach in forte dei marmi.  but, rain was forecast for the next day.  so, we decided to spend the sunny day at the beach, instead.

we drove through the town of carrara to the roman bridge near miseglia the next afternoon, after it stopped raining.

don’t the marble quarries look interesting?