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MCMXIV Comune di Forte dei Marmi FORTE DEI MARMI

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MCMXIV Comune di Forte dei Marmi Assessorato al Turismo FORTE DEI MARMI Photo credits: Gabriele Baldi Alessio Bazzichi Riccardo Bianchi Chiara Giannaccini Sara Giannotti Roberto Merlo dal volume “In volo sulla Versilia” Nicola Vivoli You may contact us if you recognize any of the photographs as your own and want to claim publishing rights for them Published by: Ufficio Cultura e Turismo Comune di Forte dei Marmi Graphic design: Gabriele Moriconi Editografica - Pietrasanta www.editografica.it © 2015 Comune di Forte dei Marmi FORTE DEI MARMI APPARTENERE NATURALMENTE PIETRO LUCII GRAPHIC DESIGN DEFINITIVO

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The territory and the natural environment Forte dei Marmi is a well-known Tuscan seaside resort in the province of Lucca. A unique landscape: the Apuan Alps frame the Tyrrhenian Sea and protect the region from the wind, making the climate mite throughout the year. The long strand beach with light sand and the sea not very deep make Forte dei Marmi the ideal holiday place for everyone and, especially, for families with children. In the free beach, near Cinquale, there is the natural reservation of the coastal dunes. The dunes present the typical Mediterranean scrub, as before the development of tourism. The city administration has invested many resources in the protection of natural environment therefore it has obtained the Bandiera Blu (“Blue flag”) for the purity of the water and the quality of beach services and the EMAS Certification for the natural environment management. Near the most famous Tuscan art cities, Forte dei Marmi is an esteemed holiday destination for the excellence of the service offered.

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History The origins Forte dei Marmi takes its name from the union of two important elements: the Fortino, a small fortress in the centre of the town and the marbles of the Apuan Alps only 20 km far away from the seaside. The origins of Forte dei Marmi are ascribed to the construction and the use in 1500 of “Via di Marina”, which connected the hinterland with the seaport; it was traced by Donato Benti, Magister Sculptor and collaborator of Michelangelo Buonarroti , who used the marble of the Apuan Alps for his works. The town developed around the Fortino, a fortress erected by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo d’Asburgo Lorena, in 1788, to defend the coast from the assaults of the pirates. The “Fortino” The Governor of Livorno Federigo Barbolani realized the project of the new fortress, in 1785. The project placed at the ground floor the custom duty storehouse, the stable, the provender room and the contumacy room. At the first floor there was the custodian’s rooms and the Guard Duty’s room; at the top floor the there was the weapon room, Pietro Leopoldo d’Asburgo : a portrait as a young man (Historical Archive of Pietrasanta) Portrait of Federigo di Francesco Barbolani da Montauto (1780). Villa La Barbolana, Anghiari Pope Leone X in a painting by Raffaello , Galleria degli Uffizi , Florence (1518)

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the kitchen and the embrasure’s room, S. Barbara. The fortress of Forte dei Marmi presented a functional structure, typical of the period, with a wide bastion and it offered a good military protection; it became a warehouse for marble blocks quarried from the Apuan Alps since XIV century, when Michelangelo used this stone for his masterpieces. In 1928 the fortress became the Lictorial Palace. The building was elevated Marble quarries at La Cappella (historical picture) Sketch of the Fortress at Scalo dei Marmi (1785) State Archive of Florence Il Fortino in Piazza Garibaldi all’inizio del ‘900 “Michelangelo at the marble quarries” by Antonio Puccinelli 1822-1897 Office of the President of county Massa Carrara

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Marble storage in 1924 The pier, historycal photo and renovated and three balconies were added. During World War II, the Fortino was bombed and then restored in 1946. At the end of the war it was occupied by the National Liberation Committee, which declared it People’s Palace. In 1957 the Palace became the Post Office of Forte dei Marmi. In 1997, the Fortino became the seat of the Museum of Satire and Caricature of Forte dei Marmi and in 1998, property of the Municipality of Forte dei Marmi which restored it. Today it is an exhibition centre. The development of tourism Starting from the early 19th century Tuscan aristocracy chose Forte dei Marmi for sun treatments and built houses to spend their holidays. The early beach establishments and hotels sprang up. Forte dei Marmi grew into a well-known tourist destination , chosen by artists, nobles and politicians. In the 1920’s Dazzi, Carrà, Carena, Soffici, Gentile, Pea and Viani met here in the summer evenings. In the following years, the artists chose the cafè “Quarto Platano” (today Caffè Roma) as their meeting point. The autonomy of Forte dei Marmi At the beginning of 20th century, following the strong aspiration for autonomy, Forte dei Marmi left the Municipality of Pietrasanta and became independent in 1914. The Fortino became the emblem of new born Municipality and set in the crest of the town. Il Quarto Platano. The cafè “Quarto Platano”, a meeting point for many artists and writers. Enrico Pea and Carlo Carrà are recognisable in the photo

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The pier In the 19th century, the seaport of Forte dei Marmi became a critical point in Versilia, for the exportation of marble. It was necessary to build a pier in order to improve the commerce. In February 1877 the pier was completed on a design by the engineer Giovanni Costantini. It was 257.75 metres long, supported by 216 wooden pillars, each one with a diameter of 135cm. Bathing establishments in the 30’s The crane called “ La mancina” (left side) A crane was placed at the end of the pier: it was called “MANCINA” (left-side) because of its rotating movement to the left-side. The crane carried maximum 20 tons of marble. In 1932 the pier was lengthened up to 290m from the seashore. The building of the pier allowed the increase of the commerce and the demographic development. During World War II, the wooden pier was bombed and destroyed by the German army. The reinforced concrete one was rebuilt in 1958. Nowadays the pier is a tourist attraction where to walk and from which to admire the wonderful view of the Apuan Alps. Don’t miss to see: The ancient basis of the furnace in Piazza Garibaldi. The remains of the ancient furnace of the Fortino were discovered during the renovation works. Originally the local garrison used this furnace to bake bread but it had several different purposes along the years. Don’t miss to see The ancient basis of the furnace in Piazza Garibaldi The remains of the ancient furnace of the Fortino were discovered during the renovation works . Originally the local garrison used this furnace to bake bread but it had several different purposes along the years.

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Hospitality With over 50 hotels and 100 bathing establishments, Forte dei Marmi offers a wide choice of accommodation; from luxury hotels to smaller ones, ideal for families and children; here you are sure to find the perfect spot for your holiday. You can also rent villas or cottages in the centre or in the surroundings thanks to many qualified real estate agencies. “For to live in this coast, between the sea and the mountains, among alternate flawless calms and shattering sudden storms, is like living inside one of Shelley’s poems.”. (A. Huxley, 1929)

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Culture Villa Bertelli The cultural centre of Forte dei Marmi is Villa Bertelli, a wonderful 19th century villa situated in Vittoria Apuana, a district of Forte dei Marmi. The villa was built in 1896 as direction centre of the Italian Society Exploding Product (SIPE); at the end of World War I, the factory closed. Only in 1926 the Villa was re-opened as hotel . When the hotel closed in 2000, the municipality of Forte dei Marmi bought the villa and restored the rooms and the gardens. Nowadays it is a location for exhibitions, shows, concerts and cultural events; it has housed exhibitions of works by Giuliano Vangi and Novello Finotti Inside the Villa there is a collection of drawings, sculptures, pictures, letters and essays by the artist Arturo Dazzi which have been offered by the artist’s family to the town. Via Mazzini 200 - Forte dei Marmi www.villabertelli.it

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Villa Bertelli The Museum of Satira and Caricature The Fortino is the seat of the Museum of Satire and Caricatures of Forte dei Marmi. Since 1973, the Prize Political Satire takes place every year in September. The museum gathers original drawings, specialised books and videos from all over the world. During the years, the museum has ex-

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tended its heritage thanks to several donations of private collections or the partnerships with the most important satirical newspapers, cartoonists and museums in the world. Its exhibitions are exported to many Italian and European cities. The Prize Political Satire Forte dei Marmi is recognized as the world capital of the Satire. All the most important cartoonists have won this prize, created in 1973: Ital- ians like Forattini, Altan, Pino Zac, Pericoli&Pirella, Chiappori, Staino, Giannelli, Vincino, Bucchi; French ones (Serre ,Kerleroux, Tim Pancho) , British (Steadman, Steve Bell) and many others from Spain, Austria ,Turkey… The prize is appointed every year in September and the award ceremony takes place at “La Capannina”, the famous night club of Forte dei Marmi. The jury, composed by experts and journalists, select the winners for the different categories: graphics, literature, journalism, entertain- ment, special initiatives, degrees. Piazza Garibaldi 1 - Forte dei Marmi www.museosatira.it Home-museum Ugo Guidi Since 2005, “ The House of Memories”, the home-museum Ugo Guidi is the most important witness of the cultural season of 900s in Forte dei Marmi. The family of the sculptor has kept the original rooms where he lived and worked till his death in 1977. Here the best-known representatives of Italian Ugo Guidi “Wounded Bull” 1976 - tempera and ink culture such as Rosai, Sani, Soffici, Treccani., Maccari, Cassinari met. Today the house hosts over 600 sculptures and drawings by Ugo Guidi. Since 2007 the museum organizes exhibitions of contemporary artists and young talents. Via Matteo Civitali 33 - Forte dei Marmi www.ugoguidi.it

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Cookery The restaurants in Forte dei Marmi offer a wide choice of delicacies both of meat and fish , but the king of the table is “spaghetti with arselle” The arsella, known as “tellina” (donax trunculus) is gathered by a colo, an instrument similar to the calm rake. This shellfish is very popular in Forte dei Marmi; you can collect them even walking along the seashore. The arselle are the ingredient for many dishes, from toasts to soup and sauces for pasta and cornmeal mush. Spaghetti with arselle Ingredients for 4 people - 320 g of spaghetti - 2 kg of arselle - 1 glass of white wine - garlic - oil - salt - pepper - parsley Leave the arselle in water and salt for one night, in order to clean them from the sand; then wash them under water . Put them in a large pan, cover and cook them on high heat for a few minutes until they open. Keep the cooking water and filter it. Warm oil , garlic and chili pepper ; add the arselle (discarding those which are still closed) the cooking water and the white wine. Drain the pasta and mix in the saucepan with the arselle for a few minutes; serve with a little oil and minced parsley.

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Sport Forte dei Marmi offers the chance to practise many sports throughout the year: sailing, surfing, tennis, golf, hockey (the town hockey team has won the Italian championship in 2014 and 2015). Especially in winter, the town is a popular destination for surfers. Joggers and bikers can practise surrounded by a green environment along the bike paths. Thanks to the efforts in sport promotion, Forte dei Marmi has been awarded the prize “Città Europea dello Sport” in 2013. From Forte dei Marmi you can easily reach the Apuan Alps with their wonderful landscapes.

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Shopping The boutiques of the best fashion brands make Forte dei Marmi the ideal place for a glamorous shopping. On Wednesday mornings (and also on Sundays in Summer), the market in Piazza Marconi is not to be missed. You’ll find fashionable high-quality items at good price. In Piazza Dante, during the second weekend of every month, the antique market offers precious rarity.

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