In the region of Versilia (on the Tuscan Riviera in the province of Lucca) there is the beautiful seaside town of Forte dei Marmi, much admired all over the world due to its natural beauties and its rich history. It is a veritable treasure chest of culture that lies upon a road that was built according to the specifications of the sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti in order to transport blocks of marble down from the Apuan Alps. From this activity the town derives its name, which can be translated as “Fort of the Marbles”.
The special artistic atmosphere of Forte dei Marmi is particularly noticeable in the district known as Roma Imperiale (“Imperial Rome”), renowned for its array of beautiful villas designed by architects such as Giovanni Michelucci, Giò Ponti and Giuseppe Pagano. In fact the whole town is packed with tourist attractions, such as the famous discotheque and restaurant Capannina di Franceschi inaugurated in 1929 and still very much in business. The appeal of this jewel of a town embedded in the foothills of the Apuan Alps is truly irresistible, with its wide selection of excellent hotels that are the worthy of the greatest European cities, as well as many refined boutiques and beautiful beaches of fine golden sand.
There are several welcoming establishments in the area that are ideal for a family stay, notably the 4 star Hermitage Hotel & Resort, just a few minute’s drive from the center of Forte dei Marmi, surrounded by greenery with a shuttle service to a private beach, the Augustus Beach Club, with its 2 snack bars. At the Hermitage Hotel & Resort you will find that the perfect balance has been struck between spacious and comfortable rooms, excellent service, highly qualified staff and the greatest possible degree of attention to detail, all of which makes this the ideal choice for a vacation that caters for every member of the family. In order to welcome the whole family the Hermitage Hotel & Resort also offers special rates to accommodate small pets.
The garden of the Hermitage Hotel has a large park with a playground that is completely dedicated to small children, where they can run freely and play in complete safety. These extensive outdoor areas are equipped with specially designed facilities, including slides, wooden houses, a shady sandbox and a volleyball court, making a family stay even more enjoyable. Under the supervision of a professional staff, kids can spend whole days playing safely and having fun in their own smaller pool, adjacent to the main one. There is also a program of afternoon and evening animation, organized by the Augustus Beach Club and in the park of the Hermitage Hotel, which encourages kids to play together with sand and in the water, as well as to participate in a wide range of creative and artistic activities, with lessons of painting, sculpture, gardening and cooking. There are also animation sessions involving reading, sports and theater.
The special attention we pay to our younger guests also involves mealtimes. Even before dinner starts they can take part in a special visit to the garden in the company of the chef who explains how the local culinary products are cultivated and grown. These delicacies can then be tasted in the form of delicious dishes that are suitable for all tastes and all ages, starting from babies and infants, with special menus dedicated to kids.
The constant attention to detail that is typical of this establishment can of course also be seen in the rooms (in the categories of classic, superior, junior, in addition to suites and larger apartments that are suitable for bigger families). Here the classic style that is so characteristic of Forte dei Marmi is combined with a more modern approach that emphasizes the beautiful lights and colors of the nearby pine groves and the sea, and the terraces of the rooms and the suites overlook the vast garden of the hotel, thereby enhancing the freshly natural and relaxing atmosphere.
Last but not least, at the Hermitage Hotel & Resort there is a particular focus on the environment and on eco-sustainability. This includes the garden that directly supplies the kitchen with short chain km0 products, the extensive use of energy saving criteria, solar panels, and an electric vehicle charging station. Here the protection of the environment always takes first place, so as to express respect for the natural surroundings that embrace and enchant every visitor to this uncontaminated land.