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Versilia beaches

walking at the sandy beaches of Lucca and Pisa

Beaches Lucca and Pisa – the sandy coast in the North of Tuscany

Forte dei Marmi bridge to the sea in winter water

Forte dei Marmi bridge to the sea

If you are on holiday at Lucca and its surroundings, the sea is not far away – it is a good idea to spend a day by the sea, at the Versilia beaches!

Sea at Lucca – the sandy beaches of Versilia stretch over Marina di Massa, the fashionable Forte dei Marmi, the charming Marina di Pietrasanta and the Lido di Camaiore over Viareggio up to and including Torre di Lago.

Versilia - the bagno at Viareggo

the bagno at Viareggo

The Versilia beaches here are mainly privately managed and are called Bagni; this also means that the beach is cleaned every morning and sunshades and deckchairs can be rented.

Especially pleasant: besides a bar there is also almost always a kind of restaurant. Drinks and snacks can be bought in the bars; but also lunches and dinners from spaghetti to the finest fish dishes are offered, depending on the type of restaurant. Some of the restaurants are truly excellent!
Most of them are already open daily from the middle of May, in winter only at the weekends.
Almost all of them also offer (chargeable) parking, mostly covered, on their own premises.
Now all this is not exactly cheap and one can easily spend 30 – 50€ for the day in the high season to rent an umbrella and 2 couches and to use the offer of the “Bagni”.

Consequently, the alternatives are free beaches, which have become increasingly rare in recent years, especially in Versilia. Nevertheless, there are always some relatively short beach sections along the coast still free. But of course, they are not cleaned every day.

Free Versilia beaches are south of Viareggio and North of Torre di Lago

Spiaggia della Lecciona – free beach at Torre del Lago

free beaches south of Viareggio and North of Torre di Lago - in front the viale Europa with bikes

free beaches south of Viareggio and North of Torre di Lago

South of Viareggio, once you have passed the port, you take a narrow path that brings you back to the beach. The free beach starts after some 100 meters the spiaggia della Lecciona, Torre del Lago.

At the Viale Europa there are first some more bagni, but then the free beach starts and extends to the Marina di Torre del Lago.

From Viareggio it is possible to get to the free beach on foot or better by bicycle, then in about 10 minutes directly.

By car, one has to take the considerably further way via the place Torre del Lago.

Beaches near Pisa

Versilia beach - Beach at Lucca and Pisa with umbrellas and sun chairs

Beach at Lucca and Pisa

Below Torre di Lago, north of the mouth of the Serchio, lies Marina di Vecchiano, only a few years ago developed and partly privately managed by “Bagni”. The infrastructure is pleasant, one reaches the beach over a narrow paved road of Migliarino passing through a wonderful Macchia of juniper and pine trees.

Right between the rivers Serchio and Arno lies the Natural Park of San Rossore, where swimming is forbidden, the dune landscape is magnificent and the park has a charming charisma.

beach at pisa the rocky coast South of Livorno with clear water

beach at pisa the rocky coast South of Livorno

The beaches of Pisa begin South of the Arno river: from Marina di Pisa via Tirrenia down to Calombrone.
South of Livorno begins the rocky coast that stretches to Castiglioncello. Most of the beaches are unused as they do not offer any infrastructure, but they are frequented by the locals and tourists, also with deckchairs and umbrellas.

Sea at Pisa the rocky coast - bay of Castiglioncello

Bay of Castiglioncello

Free beaches that can be visited with dogs up to now

free beach between Lucca and Pisa in the dunes

free beach between Lucca and Pisa

If you are travelling with your dog, there are also some bagni that allow you to bring along your dog with you, usually in a separate area; each bagni has its own rules for this, which of course you have to respect. (See below)
On free beaches, i.e. those that have no infrastructure of “Bagni”, dogs are usually allowed. Leashes and muzzles must always be carried and used as prescribed.

There are also the Tuscany dog friendly “Beaches / Bagni” listed as at Lucca / Pisa

Dog friendly beaches near Lucca and Pisa

Dog at beach enjoying the sand also with leash

Dog at beach enjoying the sand

Dog at the sea and went with long leash in the water, just to make it correct

Dog at the sea and went with long leash in the water


Bagno Flavio – Forte dei Marmi (LU) – –
Bagni Eugenia Beach – Lido di Camaiore (LU) – –
South of Viareggio, just below the port – 2 km free beach that already belongs to Torre del Lago Puccini.
Free beach – Calambrone – 56100 Pisa, North of Livorno below Tirrenia. Here the evaluations vary quit a bit.