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Viareggio is a city in the northern of Tuscany on the cost of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is located in the Province of Lucca and it is famous as a seaside resort as well as being the home of the famous Carnival of Viareggio, and its papier-mache floats, which since 1925, parade along the promenade known as "Passeggiata a mare", in the weeks preceding Easter. The symbol of the carnival of Viareggio and its official mask is Burlamacco, designed and invented by Uberto Bonetti in 1930. Viareggio is also an active industrial and manufacturing centre; its shipbuilding industry has long been renowned around the world and its fishing and floricultural industries are still fundamental sectors to the city's economy. During the summer Viareggio is full of tourists and even Tuscan, who spend their holidays there. There are a lot of shops, of luxury shops, restaurants and stalls along the promenade.


The climate is characterised by high levels of humidity and a yearly rainfall off 900 to 1,000 millimetres as a result of the proximity of the Apuanian Alps to the coast. The main winds blow from the south-east, the Libeccio and the Ponente which batter the coast for two to three days in a row and cause severe storms. The temperature is quite mild but during the summer it often reaches high temperature as 35-38 degrees.

Time – zone

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour

Public transportation

At each hour there are a lot of coaches that link Viareggio to Lido di Camaiore, to Tonfano, to Forte dei Marmi (the most famous town of Versilia), and in the other direction to Marina di Massa and Massa Carrara (the famous town for its white marble). In the centre of Viareggio there is also a train station.


If you go in Viareggio, you MUST see:

1. CARNIVAL: Its main characteristic is given by the parade of floats and masks, usually made of paper-pulp, depicting caricatures of popular people, such as politicians, showmen and sportsmen; the parade is held on the Viareggio avenue located alongside the local beach. During the weekend of Carnival period in each streets there are a lot of music, parties, and open bar. Few years ago, was opened “The Cittadella”, the Carnival city in which floats are built and in where is located the Carnival Museum. Here is spanning the entire history of the Viareggio Carnival with all information concerning the manufacture of paper mache and construction techniques of the floats.
2. PUCCINI`S THEATRE: it is situated in the town near Viareggio and it is reached with a bus or in few minutes with own car.
3. MATILDE`S TOWER: a fortification built to protect against attacks Lucca coastal and manage the traffic of goods. Since the eighteenth century, it became only a watchtower , and between the nineteenth century until the end of World War II it was used as a prison . La Torre Matilde was restored between 1970 and 1980 and now hosts cultural events and temporary exhibitions .


The main power of Viareggio is that it is a town full of attractions and events for all tastes and all ages.
Indeed, specially in the spring and in the summer, it is possible to start the evening with a aperitif on the promenade and then it is possible to go in a good restaurants or to take a hike and a tour of the stalls, or see a musical show at the Puccini`s Theater. Along the dock there are many very nice pubs, where you can enjoy cocktails or drink a "Shortino" with few Euros.
For more wild people, there are along the cost of Versilia many discos, reachable from Viareggio in a few minutes drive, like “Seven Apple”, “Ostrass”, “Beach club”, “The Capannina”.


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