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The Fortino in the main square of Forte dei Marmi
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Fortino in the main square of Forte dei Marmi - Credit: o2ma
  Forte dei Marmi 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 18 th 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.