Italian Summer, Part 1: Forte Dei Marmi

Minerva Beach

During late June and early July I embarked on a week and a half journey through Italy.  My adventure began on the north west coast in the quiet beach town of Forte Dei Marmi.  Nestled between the tip of the Alps and Versilia coast, I can see why this little gem of a town is known as the Hamptons of Italy.  Luxury stores line the quaint streets where fashionable people shop, bike and dine on delicious fare.  Their golden tans and natural grooming seemed to make the simplest of outfits oh, so chic.

Firte Dei Marmi FAshion

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Forte Dei Marmi Shopping

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Aperol Spritz

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Forte Dei Marmi

I’ve listed below some recommendations for visiting Forte Dei Marmi.  To get a great deal on flights with the lowest options available I used Booking Buddy!  Click Here to check them out for your next trip!

Forte Dei Marmi

What to pack:  This is a laid back seaside city where casual is cool.  Keep in mind this is a luxurious kind of casual.  Sun dresses, swim wear, casual beach attire, wedges and fashionable sneakers or booties with your dresses is a must.

Where to stay: On the higher end, The Grand Hotel Imperial is a 5 star, newly constructed luxury hotel with an amazing spa, pool for lounging, free bikes on property for exploring the city and impeccable service. For a budget friendly option there is the Hotel Goya, a 4 star hotel located in the city center.  This hotel is very clean with friendly service however there is no pool or spa.  It’s key to pay attention to the star ratings in Italy.  The hotels are all well kept and clean however bathroom/shower size and amenities vary grately.

Where To Eat: Bistrot is a beachside restaurant with a Michelin Star rating.  Obviously seafood is the number one thing to eat here.  The sashimi is a must but I have to say the steak here is one of the best I have ever tasted.  Coming from a Texas girl that is a bold statement!  For a quick bite in town try the ravioli branzino and an aperol spritz at La Milanese.

What to see and do:  Minerva Beach Resort is so relaxing and the views are to die for.  You can rent cabanas on the beach, with afternoon treats of cold fruit slices to cool you off.  Rent Bikes for the day to explore the town.  

What I learned:  Less is more sometimes when it comes to your beauty routine.  Being a Texas girl big hair and perfect makeup are taught at birth.  The simplicity of natural hair and makeup made the people in Forte Dei Marmi seem so chic.

After a few days relaxing in my little slice of heaven, it was time to head south, for some fun in Capri!  Check back soon for the second half of my Italian Summer with adventures in Capri…


Perfect Travel Dress

Capella Pedregal Cabo

Far, far away, in a land where the margaritas flow like water and sun kissed skin is your best accessory, lies Capella Pedregal. This resort nestled in the mountains of Cabo San Lucas is absolutely heavenly from its majestic tunneled entrance to its snow room featured spa. Such a beautiful place deserved a beautiful dress and this ombre silk number by Sofia Collection did just the trick!

Sofia Ombre Dress Capella

Sofia Ombre Dress Capella 2

Sofia Ombre Dress Capella 3

Badgley Mischka Gold Capella

The entire Sofia line is perfect for travel. It’s all made of Italian silk which doesn’t take up a lot of packing space, doesn’t wrinkle easily and transitions from day to night with a simple shoe change.

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