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Viareggio

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Viareggio

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Viareggio [1] is a smaller city in Tuscany, in Versilia in the province of Lucca in Italy. The city is 23.76 miles to Pisa, 17.67 miles to Massa, 29.87 miles to Livorno, and 59.5 miles to Florence. The town is not very useful to most travellers as the beach is completely private, taken over by members only beach clubs. The town is famous for its carnival Carnivale di Viareggio in a neighboring city Torre del Lago. Tourists, however, should be very careful on the beach since it seems there are daily robberies of bags and personal items. Additionally, some hotels have been suspected of scamming their own customers i.e. conducting criminal activities.

The Town is gay friendly, and is surrounded by many attractive cities. It is also a less expensive alternative to some surrounding beach towns. The city is located on the beautiful Mar Tirreno, and the country surrounding the city is the home of beautiful hills, and quaint farm houses.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Viareggio is on the line between Genova and Rome and can be reached by local trains from Pisa (15 minutes) and from La Spezia (1 hour). From Viareggio there is also a very slow line to Lucca (15 minutes), Montecatini (45 minutes), Pistoia (1 hour), Prato (75 minutes) and Florence (90 minutes).

By plane[edit]

The closest airport is in Pisa. From there it's possible to reach Viareggio by train (at the station Pisa Airport take the train to Pisa centrale and then the regional train to La Spezia with stops in Torre del Lago Puccini and Viareggio) or by bus (in the large square in front of the airport go to the bus stop of Vaibus and take the bus to Torre del Lago and Viareggio; tickets on board). From Florence airport take the bus Vaibus to Lucca, Torre del Lago, Viareggio. The bus stop is in front of the airport, at the beginning of the motorway (tickets on board).

By bus[edit]

There are bus lines of Vaibus to and from Forte dei marmi, Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Montecatini.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Do[edit]

Learn[edit]

  • Centro Giacomo Puccini (Italian language school), Via Vespucci 173, 0584430253, [2]. 09.00-14.00. For those wishing to learn Italian, Centro Giacomo Puccini offers 2-week sessions for beginners and advanced alike.  edit

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Tito Del Molo is a very good, but pretty expensive restaurant. They have good fish, as do all eateries in the area. Small publics are favorite places to dine in Viareggio, because the people are friendly, and the food is great. A great experience is making a meal of your own of freshly caught fish (catch them yourself) any local will be willing to help you with the fish, and all the fish markets have beautiful, fresh products, as well as meats, cheeses and produce.

Drink[edit]

the "passegiata" along the sea front offers many drinking and dining possibilities. The Divino bar has live music on Thursday, good cocktails and friendly staff!

Sleep[edit]

Viareggio has many very comfortable hotels.

  • Hotel Eur Lido di Camaiore – Viale le Colombo, 175, Lido di Camaiore. [3]. Telephone +39 0584 618251 • Fax +39 0584 618253. This is a three star hotel a few hundreds metres away from the sea and the coast line of Versilia, which has 75 bedrooms with private bath, shower and a large swimming pool. The rates vary between seasons, as well as the minimum stay.
  • Principe di Piemonte, Piazza Puccini 1. The Principe di Piemonte Hotel is located on the promenade in proximity to shops, bars and restaurants. Only 800 meters from the centre of Viareggio.
  • Astor Hotel Viareggio, Viale Carducci 54. Hotel Astor, an oceanfront hotel, is ideally located near Viareggio’s most famous promenade for shopping, nearby the natural pinewoods for free wellness and sport activities.
  • Hotel Residence Luana, Via Ugo Foscolo 36, +39 0584 44238, [4]. Hotel Residence Luana is located in Viareggio's city center, only 200 meters from the beach and the promenade.  edit
  • b&b La casa sul molo, via pilo 14 (lungomolo), 3314165849, [5]. Lovely B&B in special position along the pier  edit


Contact[edit]

For any help, you can ask the friendly locals. W are always willing to help a tourist, but be sure to find a person who speaks your native tongue.

Get out[edit]

  • Great day trips can be taken to neighboring Lucca! Some great trips include going to:
  • Guinigi Tower, a tower from the 15th century, at the home of Lucca's leading family. The tower is unique because if its spectacular oaks that grow through the tall structure.
  • Duomo di San Martino is the home of Volto Santo (Holy Face) A wooden figure of Christ that is believed to have the actual face of Christ.
  • A trip to the 'walls that surrounded the city in the 16th and 19th centuries is always beautiful, but they are paved on top, and a bike trip around the top makes the experience unforgettable.
  • Collodi is a beautiful town that is also the birthplace of Pincchio. Pinocchio Park is a must for families with small children, though adults can take tours of the famous villas.


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