Grande Prato is a delightful house standing in the middle garden, just a short walk from the sandy beach (700 m). The 900 sqm property is fenced in and the garden is surrounded by a thick hedge - providing a secluded and private atmosphere with beautiful garden views with the Apuanic Alps in the background. This holiday location is particularly suitable for a large group travelling together (sleeps 11+1). The main section sleeps 6 people (3 bedrooms, 2 baths). The extra section has room for another 6 people (2 bedrooms, 2 baths). The two wings are autonomous from one another: they have separate entrances and a seated outdoor area each. If you are travelling with a large group, a covered loggia has room for 10 people to enjoy a meal together. This property lies in a quiet area, and the house is pleasantly cool during the summer. The below mentioned weekly prices are referred to an occupancy of 6 people. Please ask for the link of our home page to receive more information. Thank you!
Italian beach life: Italian beach-life is usually organised through beach clubs, where you can rent a cabin, a parasol and sunbeds by the day or the week as well as have drinks and snacks at the bar of the stabilimento. This system turns out to be very convenient if you have small children. Mostly you can just show up at the club with no reservation. Those looking for empty beaches will find them only a short walk away (1400 m). Lovers of hidden rocky shores will need to drive down further south but the journey is soon covered along the Via Aurelia.
Versilia is the good 40 km long coastline between Carrara and Viareggio. One doesn't usually visit Tuscany for bathing but particularly in spring and fall it is still great fun to enjoy the empty beaches of the Versilia. Even in summer - with the exception of August - it is never as full here as it is elsewhere. Protected from the wind by the mountains, a wide, fine sandy beach stretches alongside the sea.
Forte dei Marmi: Forte dei Marmi, an elegant sea resort, was most popular around the turn of the last century. Even today, Forte dei Marmi still has a touch of sophistication. During the summer months, the town is full of the creme de la creme from the Italian world of industry and the aristocracy in their villas. In the shade of the attractively furnished luxury tents at the top bathing locations 'Piero' and 'Augustus', the rich and famous relax in comfortable chairs or lie back on wide sun loungers. The Baudelairean traveler's ideal of peace, bliss and sensory pleasure is reality here. Perfect atmosphere at appropriately high prices. After those of Maremma, the Versilia beaches - at Marina di Massa, Forte dei Marmi, Marina di Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio - are by far the most beautiful along the 330 kilometer Tuscan coastline. They are also very child-friendly: gently sloping down into the sea, their bright shining sand is lovingly cared for.
Viareggio and Alpi Apuane: Viareggio, once a small fishing village which Maria Luisa von Bourbon had converted to a harbour, experienced its heyday as a seaside resort around the turn of the last century. Art nouveau villas, palms and pines border the impressive promenades. The town is now known mainly for its internationally renowned yachting shipyards and its carnival. In summer, numerous fashion boutiques attract the visitors and revelers can be found enjoying themselves in the many bars, cafes, clubs and discos - an endless chain along the seaside promenade - until the morning hours.
Marina di Pietrasanta and Lido di Camaiore are ideal bathing spots for families satisfied with a little less luxury. Alpi Apuane is the name of the up to 2000 m high mountains behind Carrara - a paradise for mountain bikers and trekking tours. This is where the marble for which Carrara is so famous is mined.