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Viareggio and its carnival

The origins of Viareggio dates back to the XVI century, when Lucca decided to reclaim the wetland to have an access to the sea. The oldest building in the city was built in that time: the Matilde Tower, a fortification built to protect Lucca from the coastal attacks and manage the traffic of goods. From the XVIII century it became a watchtower, and between the XIX century until the end of World War II the Matile Tower was used as a prison. The tower was restored between 1970 and 1980 and now hosts cultural events and exhibitions.

In 1819 the Duchess Maria Luisa of Bourbon built the first dock, and Viareggio became the most important maritime center of Tuscany. Then, with the Napoleonic period, Viareggio was adorned with new architectural buildings and began the tourism development.

In fact, the beauty of Viareggio consists in the typical architecture of the buildings in Art'deco and Art Nouveau style. The heavy bombing during World War II destroyed many of its historic and artistic heritage. Among those still visible today, there are the Caffé Margherita, the Magazzini Duilio 48, the front of the bathing establishment Balena, the current Hotel Principe di Piemonte, the Hotel Excelsior and many of the villas overlooking the promenade.

But Viareggio is mainly knows for its Carnival, which takes place every year between February and March. Founded in 1873 by a group of rich bourgeois who decided to dress up to protest against taxes, now the Carnival of Viareggio is known throughout the world. The masters of papier invest a whole year to build the floats, that parade during the five fancy dress processions on the promenade of Viareggio.

Since several years, it has been inaugurated the Cittadella, the city of Carnival, where are built the floats and where there is the Museum of Carnival. Here you go over the history of the Carnival of Viareggio with all information concerning the manufacture of papier techniques and implementation of the floats.


Маршруты в Версилии coast

Lido di Camaiore

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Discover Garfagnana

Garfagnana is a pristine area rich in history and surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines

Discover Camaiore and its territory

The village of Camaiore is located at the bottom of a valley surrounded by hills, as well as the northern Appennins.

Discover Forte dei Marmi

Forte dei Marmi is seaside town in Tuscany coast with many cafes and bars

Visit Massarosa

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Visit Pietrasanta

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Visit Seravezza

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Visit Torre del Lago

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Discover Lucca

Montalcino and Abbey of St. Antimo

Visit Montalcino and Abbey of St. Antimo


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Visit Pisa

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The Cave of Antro del Corchia in Garfagnana

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The marble quarries of Carrara one on the Apuan Alps

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Walking route to discover Camaiore

Hiking trail on foot to discover the town of Camaiore and its hills

Siena and Piazza del Campo

Visit Siena a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tuscany, whose symbol is undoubtedly Piazza del Campo with its original shell shape

Walking route to discover Seravezza

hiking trail on foot to the discovery of Seravezza and its villages

Discover Via Francigena with a mountain bike

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Cinque terre

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San Gimignano a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visit San Gimignano a a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tuscany

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