Cinquale is in the Tuscan region of Italy, right along the eastern coast. It shares a lot of the characteristics of the famed Italian Riviera which has long attracted royalties and celebrities. Weather is excellent year-round with an average of 20 degrees Celsius in August and 15 degrees Celsius in October.
It is no wonder that this area has become a favorite summer destination. Indeed, tourists flock to this village nonstop. Lots of famous people have their own villas in Cinquale because of the beautiful surroundings, excellent amenities, proximity to the shore, and exceptionally comfortable climate.
Hundreds of years ago, the region was terrorized by pirates who raided coastal villages. A fortified tower was built in 1565 as part of the military defense program of the ruling family, the Medicis. This proved to be an effective strategy that brought peace to the area by preventing incursions from the sea. In 1750, it was strengthened and enlarged even further to meet the needs of the time.
This fort stood proudly until World War II, during which it was demolished by German troops. Now there are no pirates or troops, just tourists and locals who are lucky enough to experience the place.
Since the village is along the coastline, it is only logical for a beach to be the main attraction. Go to Skikki Beach for some rest and relaxation in a beautiful location. This beach is clean from the sand to the waters to the facilities. There are plenty of umbrellas to provide shade for the guests.
The young staff is friendly and responsive to requests. The restaurant also serves delicious food as one would expect from Italians making their famous local dishes such as spaghetti, porchetta, and so on. The wine and coffee should also please the taste buds. Adequate parking is available.
If the Skikki Beach is full, then you can try other ones in the area such as Bagno Park (sometimes called Eden Park). They are very similar being adjacent to each other.
Guests can expect the same level of cleanliness, attention to detail, and mouth-watering food. The prices may be a bit high but the quality of the meals is superb. This is a slightly smaller establishment and the owners make it feel quite homey by entertaining their guests. The number of tourists vary according to season. If you would like a more quiet vacation, then choose the off-peak months.
Terme della Versilia
This spa is a favorite among locals and foreigners alike. Heated water fill the pools for a therapeutic experience. They provide various treatments including peat baths and body applications.
The establishment provides a tranquil and intimate environment that include scents and dim lights. It is easy to relax and refresh with great options to choose from. There is a wooden sauna, a full marble Turkish bath, waterfall showers, and scented fog showers.
You can also just lie down for a massage of your choice. It also offers accommodations with big rooms and has a superb breakfast buffet. A good option for families.
Marble Caves of Carrara
Cinquale is located in the Province of Massa and Carrara. Carrara is a name that is synonymous to excellent quality marble. Since you’re in the region, why not check out the marble caves? See for yourself where the slabs reside and how they are extracted by the workers and machines. There are literally mountains of marble with bits and pieces soon to be exported all over the world. It is possible to tour the caves and get up-close. There is a small museum that shows their history and sculptures made from the prized material.
Luna Park Attrazione
If the beaches are too quiet for you, then you can surely look for more adventurous things to do in Cinquale. Those with young kids or feel young themselves can go to Luna Park where rides and other attractions are sure to provide hours of fun.
This is an icon in the area as the amusement park has been running for decades.
The parents bringing their children here used to come when they were younger. While it may not have the most modern facilities, it certainly has its own charm. It is definitely worth a visit if you want to experience the local lifestyle.
L’Orto Botanico Pellegrini Ansaldi
The Apuan Alps may not be as grand as the other mountain ranges in Italy but it is a striking feature from the valley below. The highest peak is Mount Pisanino which only goes up to 1,946 meters above sea level. Still, the area is a great place to witness the diversity and vitality of the local ecosystem. People who are interested in botany or nature in general can go to L’Orto Botanico Pellegrini Ansaldi for a guided tour. This should provide enlightening information about these Alps while viewing a breathtaking landscape. This walk is safe for children.
Of the old castles that have survived, many have been converted to public spaces as museums and memorials. Malaspina Castle used to be the home of the marquises of Massa. Even the poet Dante Alighieri, famous for writing The Divine Comedy, was said to visit the place and take inspiration from the architecture. It was also a military castle that aimed to defend the territory, and a prison that served this purpose until the second World War. Much of structure is intact. The patterns on the walls, though faded, are still visible. The watch towers provide a sweeping view of the city below up to the coastline.
Nearby Places to Visit
As it happens, Cinquale is not that far from the city of Pisa. Don’t pass on the opportunity to swing by Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Campo Santo, and the Santa Maria della Spina. If you don’t mind going even farther, then Florence should prove to be a rewarding side trip. Check out the Cathedral of Santa maria del Fiore, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Florence Duomo, and the Palazzo Pitti.
Also check out our travel guide for Italy.Places nearby:
Piazza dei Miracoli: Home of the Leaning Tower or Pisa 34 km / 21 mi
Leaning Tower of Pisa: Strange Architecture of Italy 34 km / 21 mi
De Ferrari Square: Genoas Centre Point with Splendid Architecture 107 km / 66 mi
Enzo Ferrari Museum: Tribute to an Automotive Genius 115 km / 71 mi
Tombs and Much More at Lodi Gardens 156 km / 97 mi