Ah, the Italian summer heat!

Ah, the Italian summer heat!

Ah, the Italian summer heat!

As much as we’ve been looking forward to summer, the heat in Italy can be pretty exhausting, and we know that you don’t want to let it get in the way of all the wonderful things you came to see and do in Versilia. Let us help you with a few expert tips to beat the Italian heat like a local.

Escape into a climate controlled museum!
A fundamental responsibility of a museum is the prevention of deterioration of art and artifacts through temperature control of the environment in exhibition A few of our favorite and coolest museums:

Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
One of the world’s finest and oldest art galleries, the Uffizi, has housed the world’s masterpieces since the time of Leonardo. This museum is very popular, so prebook your visit to avoid standing in a queue for hours.

National History Museum of the University of Pisa.
The presence of the National History Museum inside a former Carthusian monestry make it an unicum on the national panorama, an extraordinary place where wonder and fascination blend with science, history, art and nature. Also a great favorite among children.

Museum Leonardiano, Vinci.
In Vinci, a short distance from the house where the famous inventor Leonardo Da Vinci was born, there’s the main exhibit that collects his models and machines. The Museum adopts an interdisciplinary approach and combines elements from Leonardo’s life with examples of his work, that’s why it is very appropriate for children, too.

Catch a fresh summer breeze visiting the marble quarries!
Organised guided tours on a great airconditioned Defender 4WD to visit the cool marble quarries above Carrara allow a look into the amazing world of quarrymen and give an insight into the various ancient and new methods of marble cutting and quarrying. Fantiscritti is the most suggestive of the villages with its bridges Ponti of Vara. Inside the quarries’ heart, the mountain’s massive stone structures insulate against the heat and bustle outside.

Summer in Versilia means going to the beach.

With its long golden beaches there is plenty of seaside fun for everyone but on the foreshore it can get hot and watch out not to get your feet burned on the searing sand. It is more effective for some to exercise in a pool, especially for those who are learning to swim. Many beach clubs offer the possibility for you to stay cool and sand-free in a refreshing pool.

Cryotherapy: a whole new level of cold.

We can’t think of a better way to cool down during the Italian summer than cryotherapy at Forte dei Marmi’s most recent The Longevity Suite. It takes less than 5 minutes with temperatures somewhere between -90°C and -110°c, a fast-fix treatment that will leave you with a flawless skin and feeling refreshed, energized and well equipped to brace the heat outside. www.thelongevitysuite.com

Have a Scoop of Gelato!

One of the classic Italian treats is also one of the most delicious ways to beat the Tuscan summer heat. Gelato parlors are everywhere in Versilia, and often it’s only a euro or two for a scoop. The word gelato literally means “frozen” in Italian and is made fresh daily in-house with natural local ingredients and a sinfully smooth texture, it’s no wonder that true Italian gelato has become a worldwide sensation and a year round love affair.

The endured solution to hot weather is, of course, a swimming pool at home!

Choosing a villa with a pool means that you can head out in the morning to explore Versilia or make a trip to Lucca, go on your bike to the famous market of Forte dei Marmi, have a leisurely lunch at the beach, then return to the villa in the afternoon when the sun is high, and hang out in the pool until aperitivo time. Here are a few of our favorite villas with swimming pools available for sale!

Villa Il Limone

Villa Il Parco

Villa Rossella

For your dream villa with a private pool or air-conditioned apartment, contact us directly at Gran Toscana Properties, tel: (+39) 0584 631004, and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect place to cool off and to feel at home during your stay in Versilia.