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Italy Pt. 2: Forte dei Marmi

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Yesterday I mentioned my recent visit to Italy, where I stay in the town of Forte dei Marmi each year. I thought it would be nice to share a little bit about the town itself to show you what I love so much about this beautiful place.

Forte dei Marmi is a small seaside town in northern Tuscany that's full of pine trees and beautiful sand beaches. Bagno Costanza, where I always stay with my two godsons, is my ideal retreat. It has the aura of an old fashioned vacation establishment from the turn of the twentieth century, but it is distinctly modern in hospitality. The beach and gardens are lovely, and if I want to escape the resort, the town is perfect for biking, shopping, relaxing, and eating - the food is some of the best I've had in all my travels. There's a fortress in the middle of the town's main square that has been turned into an art museum, and an outdoor market pops up each week featuring tons of leather goods and designer clothing. It is truly the most wonderful place for a vacation - it's not too crowded and there's just enough to do so I don't get bored on the beach every day. Take a look at some of my pictures below - it's impossible not to fall in love with the town's quaint charm.

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The umbrella pines of Forte dei Marmi are legendary.

1 The umbrella pines of Forte dei Marmi are legendary.

Italy loves children like no other country I have ever visited. Toys are available on every corner.

2 Italy loves children like no other country I have ever visited. Toys are available on every corner.

Beautiful flower box.

3 Beautiful flower box.

I love white petunias, and I had never seen a display like this before.

4 I love white petunias, and I had never seen a display like this before.

I saw this house and dreamed that maybe one day I would have a home there.

5 I saw this house and dreamed that maybe one day I would have a home there.

I loved these little cars. Perfect for getting around town.

6 I loved these little cars. Perfect for getting around town.

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  • My cousins have a house in Forte dei Marmi. It was "new" at the time of our visit 50 years ago. Hard to believe the time has pasted...I wonder if they still think of it as "new". It is certainly newer than their other houses/apartments which for the most part were built in the 1700's. Wonderful memories......

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