A DAY AT FORTE DEI MARMI
It might not look it, but this too is Lucca, the seaside community of Forte dei Marmi, about half an hour from the old city center. It's a place to shop, to stroll, to have a lovely lunch on a Saturday, or to spend the whole summer, for that matter. We like it most in the early or late seasons, such as now, when the shops are getting in their new stock and there are very few tourists about.
It's not what you'd call a charming town, as most of it is rather new. In the early twentieth century it was playground to Italy's royal family and it's been a destination for the smart set ever since. That's Gil with his one acquisition, a couple of t-shirts for the gym.
But there are lots of appealing little spots for a light lunch like this one, which has invaded the road.
And if you like that sort of thing, all the chic Italian shops are here—all Italian, no Hermes or Vuitton.
This cafe is next to a wonderful shoe shop, Mauro Volponi.
Do these summer moccasins, at €295, seem expensive to you?
And of course there's the beach.
And the pier.
And Fratellini's, our usual lunch destination.
Scampi dancing on ice.
Italians are warming to the idea of Sushi. Just.
I stick with the classics of our Mediterranean favorites.