Forte dei Marmi
is a sea town and comune
in the province of Lucca
, in northern Tuscany
). It is the birthplace of Paola Ruffo di Calabria
, Queen of the Belgians.
The population of the town, amounting to some 7,700, nearly triples during the summer, because of the hundreds of tourist who mainly come from Florence
, and Russia
.Tourism is the principal activity of Forte dei Marmi's citizens.
In Italian Forte dei Marmi
means "Fort of the marbles". The town takes its name from the fortress that rises in the middle of the main square, built under Grand Duke Peter Leopold, who was to become Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
, in 1788.The fortress was built to defend the coast from outer attacks, but in the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century it became the place where the marble quarried from the Alpi Apuane (they are the same mountains of the famous marble of Carrara
) was stocked before being sent to the pier for shipping.
Forte dei Marmi's field hockey
team is in the Italian A-league.
The Fortress (Italian Fortino
), after being employed as a postal service office, is now a museum of satirical art. It was recently damaged by an earthquake. Each Wednesday, a market is held which has become famous for deep discounts on designer clothes, leather goods, etc.
- Rock singer Zucchero spent most of his childhood here
- Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and his fiance Veronica Berti live here, as do Bocelli's children and his......