Sea of crystal and mountains of ice.The marble of the Apuan Alps, the marble of Michelangelo, shines white against the sky and towers over the longest beach in Tuscany. The region’s most imposing peaks are reflected in the sea of Versilia. Here on the shores of Lake Massaciuccoli, Giacomo Puccini composed his operas. Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio are the two little sea capitals of Tuscany. Inland, up the course of the river Magra, we come to the valley of Lunigiana in search of Medieval castles. The Tuscan coast stretches after the Versilian sand along the Migliarino-San Rossorepark, a beautiful moist park close to the coastal dunes, to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, after having left the mouth of the Arno River behind. The port of Livorno is the most important in Tuscany and lies behind the rocks of the Meloria. Further to the south we find the cliffs of Castiglioncello and Calafuria. It is just a jump of a few kilometres: the beach dominates again; the sea near Vada and Cecina is a long strip of sand that shines in the sun.
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