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Tuscany Information
Location of Tuscany
Area: 22,990 km²
Population: 3.6 million
Density: 157/km²
Capital: Florence
Provinces
Comunes
  • Arezzo
    • Anghiari
      Arezzo
      Badia Tedalda
      Bibbiena
      Bucine
      Capolona
      Caprese Michelangelo
      Castel Focognano
      Castel San Niccolò
      Castelfranco di Sopra
      Castiglion Fibocchi
      Castiglion Fiorentino
      Cavriglia
      Chitignano
      Chiusi della Verna
      Civitella in Val di Chiana
      Cortona
      Foiano della Chiana
      Laterina
      Loro Ciuffenna
      Lucignano
      Marciano della Chiana
      Monte San Savino
      Montemignaio
      Monterchi
      Montevarchi
      Ortignano Raggiolo
      Pergine Valdarno
      Pian di Sco
      Pieve Santo Stefano
      Poppi
      Pratovecchio
      San Giovanni Valdarno
      Sansepolcro
      Sestino
      Stia
      Subbiano
      Talla
      Terranuova Bracciolini

  • Firenze
    • Bagno a Ripoli
      Barberino di Mugello
      Barberino Val d'Elsa
      Borgo San Lorenzo
      Calenzano
      Campi Bisenzio
      Capraia e Limite
      Castelfiorentino
      Cerreto Guidi
      Certaldo
      Dicomano
      Empoli
      Fiesole
      Figline Valdarno
      Firenze
      Firenzuola
      Fucecchio
      Gambassi Terme
      Greve in Chianti
      Impruneta
      Incisa in Val d'Arno
      Lastra a Signa
      Londa
      Marradi
      Montaione
      Montelupo Fiorentino
      Montespertoli
      Palazzuolo sul Senio
      Pelago
      Pontassieve
      Reggello
      Rignano sull'Arno
      Rufina
      San Casciano in Val di Pesa
      San Godenzo
      San Piero a Sieve
      Scandicci
      Scarperia
      Sesto Fiorentino
      Signa
      Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
      Vaglia
      Vicchio
      Vinci

  • Grosseto
    • Arcidosso
      Campagnatico
      Capalbio
      Castel del Piano
      Castell'Azzara
      Castiglione della Pescaia
      Cinigiano
      Civitella Paganico
      Follonica
      Gavorrano
      Grosseto
      Isola del Giglio
      Magliano in Toscana
      Manciano
      Massa Marittima
      Monte Argentario
      Monterotondo Marittimo
      Montieri
      Orbetello
      Pitigliano
      Roccalbegna
      Roccastrada
      Santa Fiora
      Scansano
      Scarlino
      Seggiano
      Semproniano
      Sorano

  • Livorno
    • Bibbona
      Campiglia Marittima
      Campo nell'Elba
      Capoliveri
      Capraia Isola
      Castagneto Carducci
      Cecina
      Collesalvetti
      Livorno
      Marciana
      Marciana Marina
      Piombino
      Porto Azzurro
      Portoferraio
      Rio Marina
      Rio nell'Elba
      Rosignano Marittimo
      San Vincenzo
      Sassetta
      Suvereto

  • Lucca
    • Altopascio
      Bagni di Lucca
      Barga
      Borgo a Mozzano
      Camaiore
      Camporgiano
      Capannori
      Careggine
      Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
      Castiglione di Garfagnana
      Coreglia Antelminelli
      Fabbriche di Vallico
      Forte dei Marmi
      Fosciandora
      Gallicano
      Giuncugnano
      Lucca
      Massarosa
      Minucciano
      Molazzana
      Montecarlo
      Pescaglia
      Piazza al Serchio
      Pietrasanta
      Pieve Fosciana
      Porcari
      San Romano in Garfagnana
      Seravezza
      Sillano
      Stazzema
      Vagli Sotto
      Vergemoli
      Viareggio
      Villa Basilica
      Villa Collemandina

  • Massa-Carrara
    • Aulla
      Bagnone
      Carrara
      Casola in Lunigiana
      Comano
      Filattiera
      Fivizzano
      Fosdinovo
      Licciana Nardi
      Massa
      Montignoso
      Mulazzo
      Podenzana
      Pontremoli
      Tresana
      Villafranca in Lunigiana
      Zeri

  • Pisa
    • Bientina
      Buti
      Calci
      Calcinaia
      Capannoli
      Casale Marittimo
      Casciana Terme
      Cascina
      Castelfranco di Sotto
      Castellina Marittima
      Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina
      Chianni
      Crespina
      Fauglia
      Guardistallo
      Lajatico
      Lari
      Lorenzana
      Montecatini Val di Cecina
      Montescudaio
      Monteverdi Marittimo
      Montopoli in Val d'Arno
      Orciano Pisano
      Palaia
      Peccioli
      Pisa
      Pomarance
      Ponsacco
      Pontedera
      Riparbella
      San Giuliano Terme
      San Miniato
      Santa Croce sull'Arno
      Santa Luce
      Santa Maria a Monte
      Terricciola
      Vecchiano
      Vicopisano
      Volterra

  • Pistoia
    • Abetone
      Agliana
      Buggiano
      Chiesina Uzzanese
      Cutigliano
      Lamporecchio
      Larciano
      Marliana
      Massa e Cozzile
      Monsummano Terme
      Montale
      Montecatini-Terme
      Pescia
      Pieve a Nievole
      Pistoia
      Piteglio
      Ponte Buggianese
      Quarrata
      Sambuca Pistoiese
      San Marcello Pistoiese
      Serravalle Pistoiese
      Uzzano

  • Prato
    • Cantagallo
      Carmignano
      Montemurlo
      Poggio a Caiano
      Prato
      Vaiano
      Vernio

  • Siena
    • Abbadia San Salvatore
      Asciano
      Buonconvento
      Casole d'Elsa
      Castellina in Chianti
      Castelnuovo Berardenga
      Castiglione d'Orcia
      Cetona
      Chianciano Terme
      Chiusdino
      Chiusi
      Colle di Val d'Elsa
      Gaiole in Chianti
      Montalcino
      Montepulciano
      Monteriggioni
      Monteroni d'Arbia
      Monticiano
      Murlo
      Piancastagnaio
      Pienza
      Poggibonsi
      Radda in Chianti
      Radicofani
      Radicondoli
      Rapolano Terme
      San Casciano dei Bagni
      San Gimignano
      San Giovanni d'Asso
      San Quirico d'Orcia
      Sarteano
      Siena
      Sinalunga
      Sovicille
      Torrita di Siena
      Trequanda

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Town of Viareggio, Tuscany
The Versilian Coastline - Photo: Nicol Fava
The town of Viareggio is the second largest within the province of Lucca and is a popular, up-market seaside resort. It is a major part of the Tuscan Riviera, known as Versilia, which has a sandy beach stretching for more than 20km. The other side of the road is lined with Viareggio hotels facing the sea. Viareggio is one of the most traditional and famous seaside resorts in Tuscany. It has, for a long time, been a popular holiday destination for both Italians and foreign visitors. A holiday here offers you the best of everything, from a perfect beach holiday to a hectic round of shopping and night clubs to a nature lovers paradise. Not many places can beat Viareggio if you want a week or two relaxing on the beach.

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Viareggio beach and hotels - Photo: Sailko

The flat, spacious, clean and sandy beach slopes gently into the sea making it safe for children and therefore ideal for a family holiday. There are excellent beach establishments along the whole stretch of this beach where you pay for loungers, umbrellas and have the use of the attached bars, restaurants and showers. If you are staying in a hotel or apartment you will usually find that they have an arrangement with one or the other of these establishments which will offer you a discount.

There are also vast expanses of public areas on the beach and although they are crowded there is always plenty of room.

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The Promenade, Viagreggio - Photo: Sailko

An elegant 3km promenade runs alongside the beach and is lined with an amazing array of liberty style buildings housing shops, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and art galleries. If you are looking for a Viareggio hotel, then it is likely to be along this stretch.

There is certainly never a shortage of things to do in Viareggio, even just stroll along this promenade during the day is a wonderful experience. You can stop off for a coffee or to eat, browse around the unusual shops, pop into an art gallery and just generally soak up the lively, bustling atmosphere. In the evening you can join in the traditional Italian 'Passeggiata' (meaning walk or stroll) and saunter slowly up and down with both locals and holiday makers alike.

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An evening passeggiata - Photo: Sailko

There is always something happening in Viareggio and the tourist office offers a range of activities for holiday makers during the summer months. The information for all these events and activities is readily available.

Every year in February and March, Viagreggio holds one of the largest and most famous carnivals in the world. The Viareggio Carnival is held along the promenade for five weekends and visitors come from far and wide for this event, which is well worth the trip. If you want to come, you will need to book early because the hotels get very booked up at this time of year.

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Viareggio Carnevale 2010 -Photo: Anowak7

If you want a slightly more active holiday there are some interesting places to visit around Viareggio. The coastal area is very flat and surrounded by pine forests. Bike hire is readily available and with dedicated cycle paths it is a lovely, safe and easy area to explore by bicycle with plenty of places to stop and eat. The Apuan Alps are within easy distance for more strenuous cycling or trekking or just to explore the medieval hill villages and enjoy the breathtaking views.

If a good night life is high on your list of priorities then you will be in the right place. Versilia is famous for its chic piano bars and lively discos and you will be spoiled for choice. Bars and restaurants are open well into the night and there are always crowds of people strolling up and down the promenade.

The town centre is more modern and set out along an American 'grid style' arrangement. The shopping centre has pedestrian only streets and has some excellent and unusual shops. There are many designer clothes and shoe shops, craft and gift shops and many more bars and restaurants. There is also a permanent market with some interesting stalls.

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Torre Matilde - Photo: Sailko

Most of the historic buildings in Viareggio were destroyed during World War II. The most significant building remaining is Torre Matilde dating back to 1541. This was once on the coastline, before it withdrew, and the tower was built to protect the town against the constant invasions by pirates.

Aside from being a wonderful holiday destination, Viareggio is a wealthy industrial and manufacturing centre. The town was first founded as a fishing village in the 12th century and is now an important port. The town is divided by the Burlamacca Canal and the docks are on the opposite side to the town and beach. This area is dedicated to the building of and fitting out of prestigious superyachts and the shipbuilding skills of this area are renowned worldwide.

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Burlamacca Canal with the marina on the left
Photo: Sailko

Also on this side there is a large and busy marina with the Burlamacca Canal running directly alongside it down to the sea. There is a lifting bridge connecting the port to the other side and a long pier runs down the other side. The fishermen come back up this canal every morning with their daily catch and you can go down and buy your fish fresh from the boats. One of the most unusual sights here is a 'fish and chip' boat which chugs up the canal daily just before lunchtime to a large queue of people waiting by the bridge for their lunch.

Viareggio is ideally placed for visiting other cities and is only around one hours drive away from Florence. Also, very easily accessible are the walled city of Lucca, the little historic port of Lerici and Pisa with its leaning tower. Torre del Lago, the home of the famous composer Puccini is only 4km away and his house is open to the public. Also, every summer, there is the famous Puccini Festival here where well known musicians perform his operas.

Viareggio is easy to travel to and from and is only 30 minutes north of Pisa with its excellent airport. There is a large station on the main Genoa-Rome line which is an easy trip from anywhere in Italy or mainland Europe. The town is also easily accessible by car and there is ample parking in and around the centre.

Viareggio
Population: 63,447
Male: 29,902
Female: 33,545
Population density: 1,990.2 per square km

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Tuscany Information
Location of Tuscany
Area: 22,990 km²
Population: 3.6 million
Density: 157/km²
Capital: Florence
Provinces
Comunes
  • Arezzo
    • Anghiari
      Arezzo
      Badia Tedalda
      Bibbiena
      Bucine
      Capolona
      Caprese Michelangelo
      Castel Focognano
      Castel San Niccolò
      Castelfranco di Sopra
      Castiglion Fibocchi
      Castiglion Fiorentino
      Cavriglia
      Chitignano
      Chiusi della Verna
      Civitella in Val di Chiana
      Cortona
      Foiano della Chiana
      Laterina
      Loro Ciuffenna
      Lucignano
      Marciano della Chiana
      Monte San Savino
      Montemignaio
      Monterchi
      Montevarchi
      Ortignano Raggiolo
      Pergine Valdarno
      Pian di Sco
      Pieve Santo Stefano
      Poppi
      Pratovecchio
      San Giovanni Valdarno
      Sansepolcro
      Sestino
      Stia
      Subbiano
      Talla
      Terranuova Bracciolini

  • Firenze
    • Bagno a Ripoli
      Barberino di Mugello
      Barberino Val d'Elsa
      Borgo San Lorenzo
      Calenzano
      Campi Bisenzio
      Capraia e Limite
      Castelfiorentino
      Cerreto Guidi
      Certaldo
      Dicomano
      Empoli
      Fiesole
      Figline Valdarno
      Firenze
      Firenzuola
      Fucecchio
      Gambassi Terme
      Greve in Chianti
      Impruneta
      Incisa in Val d'Arno
      Lastra a Signa
      Londa
      Marradi
      Montaione
      Montelupo Fiorentino
      Montespertoli
      Palazzuolo sul Senio
      Pelago
      Pontassieve
      Reggello
      Rignano sull'Arno
      Rufina
      San Casciano in Val di Pesa
      San Godenzo
      San Piero a Sieve
      Scandicci
      Scarperia
      Sesto Fiorentino
      Signa
      Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
      Vaglia
      Vicchio
      Vinci

  • Grosseto
    • Arcidosso
      Campagnatico
      Capalbio
      Castel del Piano
      Castell'Azzara
      Castiglione della Pescaia
      Cinigiano
      Civitella Paganico
      Follonica
      Gavorrano
      Grosseto
      Isola del Giglio
      Magliano in Toscana
      Manciano
      Massa Marittima
      Monte Argentario
      Monterotondo Marittimo
      Montieri
      Orbetello
      Pitigliano
      Roccalbegna
      Roccastrada
      Santa Fiora
      Scansano
      Scarlino
      Seggiano
      Semproniano
      Sorano

  • Livorno
    • Bibbona
      Campiglia Marittima
      Campo nell'Elba
      Capoliveri
      Capraia Isola
      Castagneto Carducci
      Cecina
      Collesalvetti
      Livorno
      Marciana
      Marciana Marina
      Piombino
      Porto Azzurro
      Portoferraio
      Rio Marina
      Rio nell'Elba
      Rosignano Marittimo
      San Vincenzo
      Sassetta
      Suvereto

  • Lucca
    • Altopascio
      Bagni di Lucca
      Barga
      Borgo a Mozzano
      Camaiore
      Camporgiano
      Capannori
      Careggine
      Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
      Castiglione di Garfagnana
      Coreglia Antelminelli
      Fabbriche di Vallico
      Forte dei Marmi
      Fosciandora
      Gallicano
      Giuncugnano
      Lucca
      Massarosa
      Minucciano
      Molazzana
      Montecarlo
      Pescaglia
      Piazza al Serchio
      Pietrasanta
      Pieve Fosciana
      Porcari
      San Romano in Garfagnana
      Seravezza
      Sillano
      Stazzema
      Vagli Sotto
      Vergemoli
      Viareggio
      Villa Basilica
      Villa Collemandina

  • Massa-Carrara
    • Aulla
      Bagnone
      Carrara
      Casola in Lunigiana
      Comano
      Filattiera
      Fivizzano
      Fosdinovo
      Licciana Nardi
      Massa
      Montignoso
      Mulazzo
      Podenzana
      Pontremoli
      Tresana
      Villafranca in Lunigiana
      Zeri

  • Pisa
    • Bientina
      Buti
      Calci
      Calcinaia
      Capannoli
      Casale Marittimo
      Casciana Terme
      Cascina
      Castelfranco di Sotto
      Castellina Marittima
      Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina
      Chianni
      Crespina
      Fauglia
      Guardistallo
      Lajatico
      Lari
      Lorenzana
      Montecatini Val di Cecina
      Montescudaio
      Monteverdi Marittimo
      Montopoli in Val d'Arno
      Orciano Pisano
      Palaia
      Peccioli
      Pisa
      Pomarance
      Ponsacco
      Pontedera
      Riparbella
      San Giuliano Terme
      San Miniato
      Santa Croce sull'Arno
      Santa Luce
      Santa Maria a Monte
      Terricciola
      Vecchiano
      Vicopisano
      Volterra

  • Pistoia
    • Abetone
      Agliana
      Buggiano
      Chiesina Uzzanese
      Cutigliano
      Lamporecchio
      Larciano
      Marliana
      Massa e Cozzile
      Monsummano Terme
      Montale
      Montecatini-Terme
      Pescia
      Pieve a Nievole
      Pistoia
      Piteglio
      Ponte Buggianese
      Quarrata
      Sambuca Pistoiese
      San Marcello Pistoiese
      Serravalle Pistoiese
      Uzzano

  • Prato
    • Cantagallo
      Carmignano
      Montemurlo
      Poggio a Caiano
      Prato
      Vaiano
      Vernio

  • Siena
    • Abbadia San Salvatore
      Asciano
      Buonconvento
      Casole d'Elsa
      Castellina in Chianti
      Castelnuovo Berardenga
      Castiglione d'Orcia
      Cetona
      Chianciano Terme
      Chiusdino
      Chiusi
      Colle di Val d'Elsa
      Gaiole in Chianti
      Montalcino
      Montepulciano
      Monteriggioni
      Monteroni d'Arbia
      Monticiano
      Murlo
      Piancastagnaio
      Pienza
      Poggibonsi
      Radda in Chianti
      Radicofani
      Radicondoli
      Rapolano Terme
      San Casciano dei Bagni
      San Gimignano
      San Giovanni d'Asso
      San Quirico d'Orcia
      Sarteano
      Siena
      Sinalunga
      Sovicille
      Torrita di Siena
      Trequanda

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