Forte dei Marmi
My first real holiday in Italy was to Forte dei Marmi, a resort popular with Italians.My parents had rented a villa for a few weeks [Villa Olivia]. They had travelled by LandRover from Scotland with my sister in-law and her two children; we flew from Khartoum. The villa was roomy enough for all of us, with a nice garden. A cook was provided in the rental, and she was brilliant. Chicken roasted with potatoes with lemon and rosemary- delicious.
The big disappointment was the beach. Most areas were owned by hotels, so we were forced to frequent the free beach. It was more like a public dumping ground with plastic bottles etc, mounds of sea debris including seaweed.
Instead we went for trips to places like Pisa, Florence, Massa di Carrara, Viareggio , Lerici, and other places along the coast.
We stayed in Villa Olivia which was a very nice villa with a garden and lots of flowers. I particularly remember the begonias. It was shady when the sun was bright, but at that time of year was not hot.
As a place to stay it was very convenient as not too far from Pisa or Florence when we had our own transport. We often went to Viareggio where there was playground for the children.