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Viareggio beach and hotels - Photo: Sailko
There are also vast expanses of public areas on the beach and although they are crowded there is always plenty of room.
The Promenade, Viagreggio - Photo: Sailko
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.
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.
Viareggio Carnevale 2010 -Photo: Anowak7
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.
Torre Matilde - Photo: Sailko
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.
Burlamacca Canal with the marina on the left
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.
Population density: 1,990.2 per square km
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