Night Out


La Capannina di Franceschi

Forte dei Marmi-Centre

3.9 / 5

May 11, 2018

La Capannina translates as “little hut” and this now famous hang-out and dance venue - affectionately known as the world’s most popular local - was once just that.

La Capannina translates as “little hut” and this now famous hang-out and dance venue – affectionately known as the world’s most popular local – was once just that. In 1929 astute hotelier Achille Franceschi decided to clean up an old tool shed by the sea, installing a bar to serve drinks and pastries and a wind-up gramophone to entertain the noblemen, artists, intellectuals and wealthy industrialists who were flocking to the area to holiday in the sun. It soon became the place to sit and sip a Negroni while putting the world to rights and its fame quickly spread around the world- a young JFK is one notable figure who once drank here on a trip to Italy. Over the years it became a noted entertainment venue and musical greats such as Edith Piaf, James Brown, Grace Jones and Gloria Gaynor have all performed here.The ballroom is at the heart of the action, where guests can enjoy dinner before being entertained by international musicians and DJs. A winning combination of live shows and disco music allows punters to see top acts before going wild on the dance-floor. For a slightly more chilled out evening, the Piano Bar also offers nightly live music in a more laid back setting.