"the beach at Forte di Marmi"
Forte dei Marmi
The Fortino in the main square of Forte dei Marmi - Credit: o2ma
is a small seaside town (population 7,700) in northern Tuscany. Established as a Roman town, Forte dei Marmi was principally a defensive town until tourism developed there at the end of the 18th
century. It has attracted a number of notable and wealthy guests, including the Agnelli family
, and lays claim to fame in being the birthplace of Paola Ruffo di Calabria
, Queen of the Belgians.
Forte dei Marmi is still a popular seaside resort today – the population nearly triples every summer. It takes its name (‘fort of marbles’) from its main sight, the Fortino (fortress) in the main square which, once no longer a defensive fort, was used in the 18th and 19th centuries to stock quarried marble before it was exported by sea.