Following wide-ranging development of the Tuscan coast and its tourist industry in the 20th century, the Viareggio seafront promenade became the focus of one of the best-loved seaside resorts in the region. The so-called “Passeggiata”, or the pedestrian promenade that runs alongside the town’s bathing establishments, with its cafes, fashion boutiques and liberty style art galleries, has contributed to making Viareggio the “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian”. The restaurants and clubs scattered along the coast in the area offer nightlife that can be enjoyed at any age.
Every year in the weeks before Easter, one of the most famous events in Europe is held on the seafront promenade, the Viareggio Carnival parade, featuring the colourful papiermâché floats for which it is so well-known.
And there is no lack of cultural tourist attractions around Viareggio either, including Torre del Lago Puccini, of which the famous composer Giacomo Puccini was so fond, and the gems of art and culture Lucca and Pietrasanta. Also worth a visit are Carrara and its famous white marble quarries, the Massaciuccoli bird sanctuary, with its lake and evocative Roman remains, and the enchanting Cinque Terre, the UNESCO world heritage site on the Ligurian coast that can be reached by train in a matter of hours from Viareggio railway station.
Distances from Viareggio in kilometers:
- Lucca 25 km
- Pisa 25 km
- Firenze 97 km
- Livorno 58 km
- CinqueTerre 58 km
- A12 Livorno – Pisa – Genoa
- A11 Livorno – Pisa North – (Florence Coast) links to A1 Barberino di Mugello (FI) – Milan/Rome
- Galileo Galilei (Pisa)
- Amerigo Vespucci (Florence Peretola)
For more information on what to visit: www.comune.viareggio.lu.it