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 Carnevale di Viareggio.
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.
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).
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).
There are bus lines of Vaibus to and from Forte dei marmi, Lucca, Pisa, Florence and Montecatini.
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.
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!
Viareggio has many very comfortable hotels.
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.