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The Versilia is located in northern Tuscany between the Lake of Massaciuccoli and the Cinquale River. It is well known for its fine sandy beaches covering over 20 Km and served by over 425 bathing establishments, 600 hotels, as well as a few kilometers of open beach, run by the municipal authorities . The climate is mild, due to the bulwark formed by the range of Apuan Alps. On average , the area has 270 days of sunshine per year and mean temperature of 24.5 in summer and 9.4 in winter.
The Riviera is divided up into four adjacent areas: Viareggio and Torre del Lago Puccini, Lido di Camaiore, Marina di Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi. Viareggio is a town of about 60,000 inhabitants whose history as a tourist resort dates back to the end of the 19th century, as it is proved by the many examples of Liberty architecture mainly found aling the promenade. The promenade is also an elegant shopping centre which is busy both in winter and summer. The town also offers two pinewoods, a tourist harbour, a conference centre and many other additional facilities. Viareggio boasts the most incredible Carnival floats parade in Italy. Its origins dates back to the 19th Century: the first edition took place in 1873. The coloure triumphal floats are real "Mirabilia" : enormous machineries were monsters, politicians, animals and fantastic creatures moves their tentacles, heads, arms...etc. The construction of the floats are a serious thing here: there are different groups of carpenters, blacksmiths, sculptors, painters, and other artists who work separately for building the best float of the Carnival...Everything takes place in a blaze of joyful colours, musics, dances, etc.
Lido di Camaiore and Marina di Pietrasanta are more typical seaside resorts. Forte dei Marmi is a seaside resorts appreciated by artists, writers and prominent people from the industrial and financial world for its luxurious secluded villas set amid delighfull gardens and parks. A wide choice of high standard hotels and bating establishments is available. Across the whole span of the year, various prestigious events are held on the Versilia Riviera: the Carnival, the "Puccini Opera Season" at Torre del Lago, cultural events at Versiliana in Marina di Pietrasanta and the Political Satire Prize of Forte dei Marmi. Among the inland towns we should mention: Camaiore with its many relics of historical and artistic interests; Pietrasanta, the old capital of Versilia and an important centre for artistic marble work; Seravezza and Stazzema at the foot of the Apuan Alps; Massarosa which dates back to the third century AC and whose territory includes Massaciuccoli, with its ruins of the 2nd century Roman Baths, and a large part of the lake of the same name, which belongs to the Migliarino - San Rossore- Massaciuccoli National Park.
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