Forte dei Marmi en route to Genoa

treesWe got up in the morning and began our drive up the coast from Il Pellicano.  It is so beautiful driving through the coast of Tuscany.  We were headed to Genoa for the evening en route to Lake Como.  We stopped at Forte dei Marmi and saw the town.  These trees are everywhere.  So beautiful.

townThere are a few areas around Forte dei Marmi.  We started in Pietrasanta, a small town in the area of Lucca near the base of the Apuan Alps.  The town is a classic Tuscan town with narrow streets and no cars.  We strolled around and got a feel for the town.   Lots of art galleries here.

strollersOf course there is the piazza that is the center of town.  They had this art installation in the square which made me laugh.  Strollers for adults.  I can think of several times where this would have come in handy.

store in townAfterward we drove to the town of Forte dei Marmi, a high end beach resort.  You have all the high end shops there such as Prada, Missoni etc.  The Hamptons of Italy.  We wandered into this wine, charcuterie, salads and fresh pasta shop.  The scents were amazing in there.  It was about 90 degrees so we walked around until we just didn’t feel like sweating anymore.

pizzaOur next stop was lunch.  All signs pointed to Pizzeria Orlando.  This shop is located near a tennis club that is located in a residential area.  Lots of families walk down the street for pizza. We each had a slice that is made fresh when you order.  Not the best pizza I have ever had but it hit the spot.

We then tried with all our might to find Fortini where they have been making biscotti for hundreds of years.  I get the feeling that you can buy the biscotti in all the top bakeries but we wanted to go to the actual place where they made it.  Google maps sent us up into the hills.  It was Sunday and we decided that it was either not where it said it was or it was just closed.  Regardless, we took off for Genoa.

The drive up the coast to Genoa from there is  a bit of a white knuckle drive.  There are two lanes.  The right is for the slower drivers and the left is for the faster drivers.  I admit I spend the majority of the time on the left and there is certainly protocol in letting cars pass you.  People drive fast and of course when in Rome do as the Romans.  On the way up you drive through easily over 15 tunnels through mountain terrain.  Beautiful but not simple driving.  We made it to Genoa and decided to kick back before we heading off for dinner.  Not that much to see here as we caught a bit of the city driving through it on the way in.  It is a one night stop as we continue the journey.