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Viareggio harbor sandy beach close to florence beach closest to florence Viareggio Tuscany the Tirrenic coast Viareggio Viareggio Tuscany on the beach of versilia close to Lucca Viareggio is a small town situated in Tuscany, near Pisa and Florence. Viareggio is a famous seaside. Beach Resort in Viareggio La Versiliana Site information link of the riviera della Versilia beach seaside Viareggio the town seafront. Several miles of beautiful clean beaches, restaurants and shops.

The popular seaside town of Viareggio is situated on the Tuscany coast. Viareggio and the resorts "Torre del Lago Puccini", "Lido di Camaiore", "Marina di Pietrasanta" etc. makeup about 20 kilometers of the Versilian Riviera (or Riviera della Versilia). Viareggio has most of the usual attractions of a typical Italian seaside resort. One of the highlights of the year is the famous Carnival of Viareggio that attractions may visitors from near and far. How to reach Viareggio

Viareggio is a first class seaside resort, easily reached by car on the motorway or by train from anywhere in Italy or Europe. The following Tuscany towns are near a convenient distance: Florence (80 km), Siena (130 Km), Lucca and Pisa (20 Km) with an international Airport. Easily reachable are also the islands of the Tuscany Archipelago, and sights as the Apuan Alps, Le 5 Terre (5 completely secluded villages beautifully situated at the coast), lakes etc.

The sandy beach of Viareggio falls gently into the sea, ideal for children, is spacious, clean and outrageous. Alongside runs the promenade with boutiques, shops, caf?s, discos, cinemas, art-galleries and much more for your entertainment. There are two beautiful pine-forests on either side of the town, allowing all kinds of activities sports, games and you can relax in healty clean air. the easy goingjoifull atmosphere helps to find new friend with whom to exchange ideas and spend the time with.

This maritime town and sea-bathing resort of Tuscany, Italy, in the province of Lucca, on the Mediterranean sea, 13 m. N.W. of Pisa by rail, 7 ft. above sea-level. Pop. (1906).

14,863 (town); 21,557 (commune). Being sheltered by dense pine-woods on the north, and its malaria having been banished by drainage, it is frequented as a winter resort, and in summer by some thousands for its sea-bathing. In 1740 the population was only 300, and in 1841, 6549. The body of Shelley was burned on the shore near Viareggio after his death by drowning in 1822. The town possesses a school of navigation and a technical school, and carries on some shipbuilding.

Hotel Royal Viareggio

Bathing establishment

Viareggio is one of the most famous and traditional seaside resorts in Tuscany. The wide, endless beaches, the excellent cuisine and the exciting night-life with its well-known "Versilian" discos -all contribute to make Viareggio a favorite holiday resort. A visit to Viareggio means meeting young Italians and enjoying the seafood specialities of Tuscany. During the tourist season a range of activities are offered by the local tourist office to all guests in the city. Viareggio is the ideal holiday resort for all guests in the city. Viareggio is the ideal holiday resort for all who love sunshine, the sea and enjoying themselves. Viareggio is also famous for its liberty period architecture.

Interesting places close to Viareggio

Around Viareggio you will find many beautiful and interesting places. Explore the hills behind Viareggio and visit the medieval villages rich in important monuments.

Close to Viareggio there is the small lake of Torre del Lago where you can go sailing at the sailing school. If you like bicycle riding, you can explore the villages in the mountains. You can get a train to go to Lucca or a bus to Visit Pietrasanta. In the medieval village of Pietrasanta you can visit the handycraft marble workshop.
You can visit the Carrara cave to see where Michelangelo acquired the Marble for his statue of David. You can go by train to Lerici and visit the beautiful "Cinque Terre". You can spend a full day walking in the marvellous small villages along the seaside.

Near Viareggio is Torre del Lago Puccini, where Giacomo Puccini lived and wrote his famous "Opera" , Tosca, Bohe'me, Butterfly, Turandot. You can visit in Torre del Lago Puccini the family house of the great composer and the museum about him.

Viareggio is famous in the world for the construction of boats and yachts. ( see Fabio Perini navi )

Viareggio, providing the most important and equipped touristic harbour along the northern Thyrrenian coast, can represent the ideal starting point for interesting visits to the cities of Pisa, Lucca, Florence or for a sailing trip to the near islands of the Archipelago.

Viareggio is the most important bathing resort on the Tuscan coast with a 10 km. long beach and over 100 bathing establishments, offering visitors a wide choice for relaxation and entertainment. The town - home of Lorenzo Viani, the composer Giacomo Puccini and the writer Mario Tobino - is surrounded by the hillside, the Apuan Alps and the lake of Massaciuccoli; it provides a unique ensemble featuring pinewoods, a colourful harbour, shipyards and a 3 km- long promenade with superb shops, cinemas and a theatre; here the Carnival of Viareggio the most famous in Italy.
Until the nineteenth century Viareggio was a small seaman's and fisherman's village. It was born astride the Burlamacca Canal, which runs from the inland area directly to the sea and divides the whole area into two parts with its docks and the port which today enjoys a great deal of commercial, industrial, and tourist activity.

The walk along the jetty is especially beautiful. It runs alongside the Burlamacca Canal and extends out into the open sea for almost a kilometer. The city has two pinewoods. One is located in the urban center and is known by the name of Pineta di Ponente. It has all the characteristics of a public park. The other is called Pineta di Levante. It begins at the docks and extends for 6 kilometers as far as Torre del Lago. It is still in its natural state with luxuriant vegetation and thick undergrowth. The Viale dei Tigli, a magnificent panoramic avenue, crosses it in its entire length.
Viareggio is the capital of the Italian Carnival. The Viareggio Carnival had its beginning at the end of the eneteenth century. lt is now a unique tradition, with its mesked procession that witness the parade of giant paper-marche'.

Formed around the 12th Century, originally as a fishing village, today Viareggio, gem of Versilia, is an important port, whose dockyards build very prestigious yachts.

Along the promenade several are the 'bars', shops and restaurants available to tourists both in summer and winter.
Thanks to its numerous palaces in the Liberty Style this town, famous not only as a seaside resort, but also the floats parade held during Carnival time (February/March), acquires a special appeal.

Viareggio was one of the first seaside resorts in Europe and is still enormously popular today, both with Italians and foreign visitors, particularly those in the yachting community.

The coastal strip of Versilia (from Forte dei Marmi to the north and Torre del Lago Puccini in the south) has over twenty kilometres of beaches with countless 'bagni' (bathing establishments), nature parks, pine woods, natural lakes and some splendid countryside.

With all of this, and the close proximity of Lucca and the motorways leading to the cities of art, Versilia truly can offer the best of all worlds for your holiday in Tuscany. Below you will find some links that will tell and show you more about Viareggio and the 'Versilian Riviera' ...and by the way, if you're looking for something on the Cinque Terre.

It is well known for its famous beaches, the harbour, the cultural and sport events occurring all the year round.

Viareggio suggestive village of important touristic value lies 100 km far from Florence.

The characteristic bathing establishments, situated along the vast sandy coast, will surely offer the tourist a pleasant holiday, granted by the high quality of the local facilities.

The Tuscan hinterland, the pinewoods, the Apuane Alpes, the natural park of Migliarino and S. Rossore can represent the starting point for nice trips or the opportunity to spend a peaceful and relaxing holiday. 5 km far from Viareggio, you can reach the Lake of Massaciuccoli, where Giacomo Puccini composed some of his famous operas and where, nowadays, each summer, the "Festival Pucciniano" takes place within a suggestive natural environment.

In the evening, do not miss the charm of a seaside promenade full of glittering lights and nice boutiques, which are open until late in the night. We cannot forget that Viareggio, with its big floats, is the symbol of one of the most famous carnival shows in the world, able to animate your holidays with music and colourful confetti.

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