Viareggio is a swanky Tuscan beach town on the west coast of the Tyrrenhian sea in Italy. The beautiful beaches and a Passeggiata or promenade is brimming with charming cafés and shops. These attributes have earned Viareggio the well-deserved title: “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea” with Burlamacco as her master of ceremonies!
Summer Carnival 2015
Viareggio: August 14, 15 and 16 at Square Maria Luisa
During the Summer Carnvale in mid-August, you can see some of the Viareggio’s carnival papier-mâché floats built for the February parade on the promenade. The parade will begin on the promenade at 8.30 pm leaving from the Carnival citadel. “La Cittadella del Carnevale is the place where the “papier – mâché Masters” set up the huge Carnival floats. The complex has a specific architectural structure, it is a real yard composed by 16 warehouses, a Carnival- museum, Carnevalotto Museum for contemporary art, an hystorical archive, a restaurant and a big central elliptical square, a magic scenario to host shows. This is the area where some of the most important events of Viareggio take place, like summer concerts, parties and dance shows.” Then they will pass from Viale Einaudi, Viale Belluomini and Viale Carducci. The last stop is in Piazza Mazzini. The entrance to the Belvedere delle Maschere is expected around 10.30 pm.
Check it out: https://www.fest300.com/festivals/viareggio-carnevale
Official website: http://viareggio.ilcarnevale.com/
Stay at the elegant and luxurious Grand Hotel Principe Piemonte. The historic Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte, is a prestigious 4-star hotel on Viareggio’s seafront. It is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and the Great Hotels of the World. The Grand Dame of Viareggio was built in the early 1920s. The hotel underwent a two-year restoration which brought it back to its former splendour. It re-opened in 2004. Dine at the Michelin rated Il Piccolo Principe. www.principedipiemonte.com. I loved the stained-glass doorway and Art Nouveau facade!
One of the most exciting times to visit is during Carnevale di Viareggio. Watch this video to see what this event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siak0NgyApE&feature=related
If you go to Viareggio, you will have an opportunity to meet the town’s most famous character, Burlamacco. He is the official Carnival representative and was concieved by Uberto Bonetti in 1930. Check out his statue on the boardwalk made by Renato Galli.
The town is well-know for incredible Art Nouveau architecture and outstanding seafood restaurants.
Relas at the seashore at one of the beautiful beaches or stroll along the promenade, the “Passeggiata a mare.”
There are plenty of interesting shops and restaurants. They even have an outdoor market on the promenade. I bought one of my favorite scarves there!
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com
Here’s a video link: http://viareggio.ilcarnevale.com/en/
Read more about Viareggio Carnival in these posts:
- Viareggio’s Carnival: history, info and tips
- The history of the Carnival of Viareggio through photos
- Behind the scenes of Viareggio’s Carnival
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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