From sunset to dawn
The Coolest Places in Versilia to dance or enjoy a cocktail
In the last light of the day, with music in the background, you can hear the clinking of glasses as cocktails are being prepared on the other side of the bar. This is the Versilia of leisure, the Versilia of carefree nights moving to the rhythm of music, the Versilia where there’s never a shortage of trendy cocktails in the many bars and discos that line the shore.
If you wish to sip a Negroni while taking in some history, you need to go to the Capannina di Franceschi in Forte dei Marmi: the name alone sends chills down the spines of those who feel nostalgia for the Sixties (viale Repubblica, 16). It was back in 1930 when the Marquis Negroni invented the famous cocktail by mixing gin, bitters and vermouth. Nearly ninety years later, the ritual repeats itself in this historic bar.
In Versilia nights are long, thanks in part to the rich program of important events scheduled for this summer, beginning with Jerry Calà, who opens the season on June 1st. The artist then returns for shows on July 19th and 26th, and comes back to play host every Wednesday evening during the month of August.
Another cool place in Versilia is Twiga in Marina di Pietrasanta (Lungomare Roma, 2), where a cocktail is a must before hitting the moonlit dancefloor. The nighttime disco is both indoors and outdoors and is the destination of tourists from every corner of Italy. Again this year renowned DJ Bob Sinclair will man the music booth (August 8th), returning to Forte for the fourth straight year.
When you think of having fun in Versilia, you probably have La Bussola in mind, or, to be precise, La Bussola Club Versilia in Marina di Pietrasanta (via Lungomare Roma, 44): the summer of 2017 marks the beginning of a new chapter for this popular club in Focette, which has changed its name and its atmosphere. On Saturdays the disco gets going, the same one loved by Patty Pravo, Mina and Adriano Celentano in the Sixties.
Are you looking for the wildest luxury around? Then check out Nikki Beach Versilia, which remains faithful to its American approach with its chic atmosphere, international cuisine and worldly parties. The centerpiece is the swimming pool made exclusively of marble from Carrara (via Lungomare Roma, 96).
A prized destination of the young crowd is Seven Apples (via Lungomare Roma, 180), the hub of the in-scene in Focette where you can enjoy a pool-side cocktail to the beat of house and pop music. Music, bubbles and good food are the ingredients of another club which gets the nightlife going on the shore: located directly on the beach of Marina di Pietrasanta, Ostras Beach boasts a modern design reminiscent of the style of Saint-Tropez (via Lungomare Roma, 123).
Moving to the small town of Cinquale, we find two sacred spots of summer nightlife: Beach Club and Sunset, both close to each other. Here you can dance well into the night, but first you should recharge with a sunset cocktail either next to the pool or on the beach. The key evening at the Beach Club (viale IV Novembre, 18) is Saturday. This year the Club’s bartenders have something new to add to the cocktail list: the canchancara, made with Cuban rum, fresh lime juice and honeyed syrup, will liven up the many planned evenings of beach-side disco.
Cocktails and discos don’t mix well for you? We can recommend a few other places where you can relax and sip a drink at sunset, this time in Lido di Camaiore. A trendy spot loved by the young crowd is Amadeus (viale Colombo, 35), while Cosmopolitan (piazza Lemmetti, 20) hosts a happy hour with a generous buffet. Back on the road to Forte dei Marmi, make a stop in viale Morin, precisely at number 89/A, where you’re likely to see a crowd at cocktail hour: at Almarosa Art Music & Bar you’ll need to use your elbows to make your way to the bar. There’s no food or dancing here, but the cocktails are always excellent. The elegant and refined 67 Sky Lounge Bar is the right place for an unforgettable drink thanks to the panoramic view from the terrace of the Hotel Principe Forte dei Marmi (viale Morin, 67). Had enough of sun and sand? Then head to the town center in Pietrasanta, and precisely to piazza Duomo, where the happy hour ritual at Bar Pietrasantese is a classic. The latest trend in the way of cocktails is called Filippo Mud Bar: located in the center of Pietrasanta, it offers impressive food from personalized menus in a soft atmosphere. This is the new creation of restaurateur Filippo Felice di Bartola, who expertly combines food and drink in a novel restaurant concept (via Padre Eugenio Barsanti, 45).