Pontile at Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, Italy

Venue of pleasant scenic walks, it was built in 1877 for the shipping of marble from the Apuan Mountains, which was kept in the town’s ancient fort, hence the name “fort of the marbles”. As a matter of fact, the pier rose by the loading dock, the place where in ancient times the blocks of marble were taken to be transported to sea. In addition, this is where the old route built by Michelangelo to transport staple material for his works of art, ended. The town was founded in 1618 with the building of the pier and the marble shelter, erected by Cosimo I de’ Medici. Around the two structures grew a fishermen and sailors’ village, that became larger with the reclamation of the surrounding area and the building of the fortress in the 18th century.

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