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
13 m. N.W. of Pisa by rail, 7 ft. above sea-level. Pop.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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'
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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.
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.
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.