Territory of Versilia

Versilia: Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, Seravezza and Stazzema. In addition, Camaiore, Viareggio and Massarosa

"While the Eternal Father came by the creation of the universe to distribute the best beauties in the world while he came to Versilia, the bottom of the bag broke and a great amount of beauty of every kind fell upon you".

Versilia and environs covers a surface of 165 square kilometres, including the province of Lucca.
It occupies the north-western part of Tuscany, between the ridge of the Apuan Alps and the Ligurian Sea, with a coastal strip of about 20 kilometres in length.
The south is bordered by the Lake of Massaciuccoli and the thicket of Migliarino, white the north is bordered by the mouth of the Cinquale.
The territory of Versilia is divided into the administrative Communes of Pietrasanta, Forte di Marmi, Seravezza and Stazzema.
Camaiore, Massarosa and Viareggio are the outskirts.
It is a strip of coastline 10 kilometres wide at its minimum and 18 at its maximum.
Despite this, the natural environments are quite varied.

In fact, from Versilia highest peak, la Pania della Croce, 1859 metres above sea level, to Forte dei Marmi, it is only 15 kilometres in a beeline.

The climate is naturally affected by the geographical configuration of this territory.
At sea level, during the hot seasons, the mountains moderate the humidity, while the winter is more temperate due to the beneficial influence of the sea.

Versilia and environs is crossed by the A12 Highway Livorno-Sestri Levante-Genova, and that tract has exits at tollbooths Viareggio-Camaiore and Versilia-Forte dei Marmi.
The A12 connects to the Highway A11 Firenze-Mare from Lucca, by way of an overpass which exists at Massarosa.
The other possible roads are the State Highway 1 along the Aurelia and the State Highway 439 Sarzanese Val d'Era. Versilia can also be reached by rail on the Roma - Pisa - Genova - Torino line and from Lucca on the Firenze - Pistoia - Montecatini - Lucca - Viareggio line.
Almost all the trains stop at Viareggio; the other stations are Torre del Lago Puccini, Camaiore - Capezzano, which is less than 2 kilometres from Lido di Camaiore and Pietrasanta and around 3 kilometres from Marina di Pietrasanta.
In light of the great tourist potential of the area, the bus and coach services are very efficient, connecting all the localities in Versilia, apart from guaranteeing a transport service which goes to other Ligurian and Tuscan cities such as Pisa, Lucca, Pistoia, Prato, Carrara, Luni, Sarzana, and La Spezia.
A coach service connects all the other main tourist localities with the Pisa airport, which is by far the easiest way to reach Versilia's localities, being only 25 kilometres from Viareggio.
Naturally, one can also reach Versilia by sea.

The port of Viareggio, at the mouth of the Burlamacca canal, is the best-equipped marina in the region.
It has approximately two kilometres of docks and piers and a thousand berths for moorage.
There is ample space for hauling and careening, and the port is equipped to offer every comfort and tourist service.
Outside of Versilia's territory in the strictest sense, but close by and accessible are the smaller tourist harbours of Foce del Cinquale and Marina di Carrara.

@ Pier Luca Mori 2024

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