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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 carrist…
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 topical …
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 (€8), a mix of squid, prawns and octopus battered, de…
Cafe in Viareggio

Lettera 22

Mid-afternoon, 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, cak…
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.