Known as Toscana in Italian, the Versilla coast on the Mediterranean is where you’ll find the Tuscan beaches. There are several beaches along this popular coastline that are all connected by highway. It’s easy to move between the beaches or just settle in on one during your trip to the Tuscany coast. Some of the best beaches along the Versilla coast are Marina di Carrara, Ronchi, Riaveggio, and Forte dei Marmi. You’ll find all of these beaches and their resorts to be a luxurious and entertaining experience, albeit on the expensive side of things. This part of Italy is world renowned and where countless international tourists flock every year, especially during the high season of mid to late summer. You’ll need to book in advance of staying at one of the Tuscan beaches, otherwise you’ll end up paying exorbitant rates for last minute bookings or worse, not be able to find a place to stay. The Tuscan beaches are a good location for families and groups of travelers but backpackers on a tight budget may want to limit their time here otherwise risk depleting their tight budgets.
It’s hard to do the Tuscan coast on a budget to be frank. Most of the beaches aren’t free and you’ll have to pay a small fee to reserve your spot on the sand for a period of time. Many of the villas and resorts along the coast are some of the most picturesque in Europe and locally owned and operated but the prices are high. On top of that the exchange rate against the Euro for most other foreign currencies isn’t favorable. All of that said, if you do save up, the Tuscan beaches are worth spending some time at. Even if your budget is tight, book a hostel at one of the towns nearby, closer inland so you can hop a local bus to spend some time on the warm sands and in the clear water of the Mediterranean Sea.
Popular Tourist Destinations On The Tuscan Coast
Windsurfing – Very popular in this part of Italy, you can find courses for beginners being offered at a variety of shops at almost all of the Tuscan beaches.
Casinos – Well, if your budget is taking a hit at one of the Tuscan beaches why not try your hand at recovering some of your money at one of the lavish casinos that you can find along the Versilla coast. We’ll admit that the odds are stacked against you, but it can be fun to play nevertheless. Stop by one of the casinos during the afternoon or on a rainy day to enjoy lower minimum bets at the blackjack, poker, and roulette tables.
Wine Tours – The Tuscan area produces some of the finest wines in the world. You can book day tours from the coast out to several of the wineries, enjoy a few tastings as well as lunch, and be back by the end of the day. This is probably one of the most touristic things to do in Tuscany but also one that you shouldn’t miss. The tours can be pricey but typically include the cost of admission to the wineries along the tour. A few complimentary tastings are also the norm.
Bicycle Tour – The winding roads through the lower regions of the Alps which line the Tuscan coastline are excellent for bike riding and tours. The trails are well maintained, labeled, and easily navigated by riders of all levels. One of the more interesting ways to enjoy your bike ride is to sign up for a tour of the nearby castles and wineries. It costs a bit more to do so but you’ll get a better view along the way and burn off all those extra calories you’re likely to enjoy during your time on the Tuscan coast.
Giotto’s Bell Tower (Campanile di Giotto) – Not too expensive to make your way up to the tower for a great view and look around town.
Visit The Leaning Tower of Pisa – You can get to this well known bell tower from all of the Tuscan beaches, take a few cheesy photos, and enjoy the lovely city of Pisa (hence the name of the tower). Although visitors are no longer allowed in the tower due to structural concerns, you can learn a lot about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pisa itself by taking one of the walking tours in and around the tower. They don’t typically cost more than 10 Euro and you’ll learn a lot about why the tower was built and how it ended up leaning so much as well as the medieval history of the area.