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Lettings, villas or prestigious period residences on the seafront, near the beach but also near shops, restaurants, bars and discos, to live in the heart of the nightlife of Viareggio. But the holiday rentals in Viareggio can also be found in quieter streets, always very close to the sea, often with a garden for relaxation or to let children play freely.
In the area south of Viareggio, in the Lagomare district, rentals completely immersed in the greenery of the Park of Migliarino-San Rossore-Massaciuccoli, a few minutes walk or bike from the beach, are ideal for a holiday in contact with nature. Only the sea and relaxation, perhaps alternated with pleasant excursions in the park.
Holidays in Viareggio
Viareggio is one of the main Italian seaside resorts. In the province of Lucca, it is located on the northern coast of Tuscany, and is part of the Riviera della Versilia. It is renowned for its beaches and historic bathing establishments, as well as for its splendid Art Nouveau architecture and, of course, for its Carnival. Lucca and Pisa are only 20 kilometres away. To the south, between the sea and Lake Massaciuccoli, there is the only hamlet of Viareggio, Torre del Lago Puccini.
After the stay in Viareggio of Napoleon's sister, Paolina Borghese, the nobles of Lucca, not wanting to be less, also wanted to spend the summer at the beach. For this reason, in the first half of the 19th century, the first bathing establishments were built. At the beginning of the twentieth century there was a considerable development of the coast. It was a period of great prestige for the city, and was born the famous promenade at sea. Viareggio thus earned the nickname of "Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea". Of the approximately ten kilometres of fine sandy beaches, six are managed by the establishments. The free beaches are mostly located within the Park of Migliarino-San Rossore-Massaciuccoli.
The oldest building in Viareggio, known as the Matilda Tower, was built by the people of Lucca in 1500 to defend themselves from pirate raids. It currently hosts cultural events and art exhibitions. The city was born and began to develop all around the tower, and along the Burlamacca canal.
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The long, spacious beach slopes gently down to the sea, allowing children to play safely in the water. The establishments are also well equipped with swimming pools and playgrounds.
During the day and in the evening you will be busy with the beaches, the promenade with its cafes, restaurants, art galleries, cinemas and luxury shops; at night the historical and trendy clubs. In Viareggio, fun is guaranteed even for the most demanding viveurs.
In Viareggio you can move comfortably by bike, even if you have chosen a holiday letting away from the sea or thecentre. If you feel like long rides, the bike path crosses the city and continues north, for twenty-eight kilometres and always on the flat, to Marina di Massa, along the entire promenade of Versilia. You can stop for a refreshment in one of the many kiosks with drinks and snacks, or leave the sunny promenade to explore the quiet streets of the hinterland, or you can choose a path within the Park.
Did you know that Viareggio owes its name to the via regis, the road that in the Middle Ages connected it to Lucca?!
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In Viareggio the beach of fine golden sand is clean and well maintained. The bathing establishments, each with its own sign and bar-restaurant, are well equipped, and the umbrellas are well spaced. One of the most famous is the Bath Whale, perhaps the oldest in Italy.
A good living room and showcase of Viareggio, the Promenade is a large straight avenue that stretches for three kilometres along the seafront, with cafes, restaurants, clubs and shops of all kinds. Many buildings are remarkable examples of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and eclectic architecture (some were destroyed during the bombings of World War II). Among the most famous are the Caffè Margherita and the Teatro Politeama. It's worth enjoying an aperitif on the panoramic terrace of the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte, to admire the entire promenade.
Every year in February tourists invade Viareggio to see the floats that parade on the promenade for four Sundays in a row and Shrove Tuesday. A tradition that has been renewed since 1873. The floats are made up of enormous papier-mâché figures, caricatures of political and entertainment figures, but also allegorical representations. Every year different and topical themes are chosen. But Carnival is not just a parade of floats: every weekend one of the four districts in turn is closed to traffic and the streets are filled with masks, music, food and dance. For a whole month we organise parties, masked balls, cultural events and exhibitions of all kinds.
In the Citadel of Carnival you can visit sixteen sheds-laboratory where the papier-mâché floats are made. The Citadel also houses the Carnival Museum. It is located in the northern area of Viareggio, near the Aurelia motorway junction.