Monument in Viareggio

La Citadella di Carnevale

A couple of kilometres from the seafront is 'Carnival City', aka 16 gargantuan hangars that serve as workshops and garage space for the fantastic floats, crafted with passion by each highly skilled and prized...

Cultural in Viareggio

Carnevale di Viareggio

Viareggio's annual moment of glory lasts four weeks in February to early March when the city goes wild during Carnevale – a festival of floats, many featuring giant satirical effigies of political and other...

Seafood in Viareggio

La Trattoria da Cicero

Ask any local where to find the freshest and finest fish and seafood in town, and they'll all direct you to the same address: this traditional trattoria by the shipyards with passionate owner Cicero, now in his...

Fish & Chips in Viareggio

La Barchina

Join locals standing in line at this small white boat, moored at the harbour, which cooks up the morning's catch for lunch. The hot item to order is fritto misto, a mix of squid, prawns and octopus battered,...

Fish & Chips in Viareggio

Octopus

For an exhilarating taste of the seaside (accompanied by the odd greedy seagull) head to the quayside where this gleaming mint-green friggitoria gastronomia (gourmet fryery) is moored. Seafood risotto, fritto...

Beach in Viareggio

Bagno Raffaello

Behind the clock tower on the seafront, this family-friendly bathing establishment rents out slide-equipped pedalos and canoes to beach-goers and has a small playground on the sand for younger children. Look for...

Cafe in Viareggio

Lettera 22

Lounge with hip locals at Lettera 22, a refreshingly stylish and up-to-the-minute literary cafe between the beach and the train station with free wi-fi, armchairs, books to browse, a kids' corner, cakes and...

Beach in Viareggio

Bagno Martinelli

An eye-catching sea of bright orange-and-white parasols and deckchairs polka-dot the vast stretch of sand at this vintage beach, as popular as it was when it first opened in 1923.

Cafe in Viareggio

Gran Caffè Margherita

A good deal of the waterfront area as it appears today was built in the 1920s and '30s. Several of the buildings, such as Puccini's favourite, Gran Caffè Margherita, retain something of their ornate stylishness....