If glitz, glamour and star wattage are what you’re after in a nightlife destination, turn to the vibrant Versilia region. Resort towns like Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio have long been frequented by fancy clients and are well known as luxury destinations. The busy and boisterous Carnival season, during February and occasionally March, is a time of celebrations and elegant masquerade parties that easily rival those in Venice, but the spirited nightlife lives on year-round.
Masks, confetti and costumes not your cup of tea? Exclusive discos—often with a long history, a beach link, or both—dot this part of Tuscany. Jetsetters have long flocked to Forte dei Marmi’s signature venue La Capannina di Franceschi, open since 1929, or to Marina di Pietrasanta, with its big-name spots like Bussola, where major Italian and international performers, including Mina, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, and Fabrizio De André, have all been past guests.
For those looking for something slightly more gritty than glam, cutting-edge Camaiore is the capital of house music in Versilia, having founded Kama Kama, the region’s main house haunt. The historic venue’s original structure burned down in 2012, but a repurposed “beach club” remains active, with international DJs often taking to the consoles.