Perhaps one of the best things about Florence in August is its proximity to the beach. The Versilia coastline, running from Massa Carrara to the north and Lago Massaciuccoli to the south, is a unique combination of sandy beaches and shaded alpine woods. Nightlife is abundant as seaside discos and clubs spell summer as much as the beach itself. If a low-key stroll down a palm-lined promenade is what you're after, not to worry-each town boasts a lungomare perfect for people watching and catching a breeze. Tasty focaccine (focaccia sandwiches) filled with local goodies are the perfect dinner-you'll save a buck and fit right in with the locals, who prefer a light dinner while at the beach.