ViareggioItaly

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Visit Viareggio

Swim in the Mediterranean, explore historic villas, taste authentic pasta or gelato and see where Puccini got his inspiration in this Tuscan town by the sea.

With its hot summers and mild winters, shady pine forest and colored Liberty-style houses, it’s little wonder that Viareggio is one of Tuscany’s most popular coastal resorts.

Relax on the beach or swim in the Mediterranean. For shade, walk through the halls of Villa Paolina, built for the sister of the French emperor Napoleon. The villa houses civic museums and a contemporary art gallery.

Nearby is Piazza Shelley, a historic square named after the Romantic-era poet Percy Bysshe Shelley who died in a shipwreck just off the coast of Viareggio. Admire the sculpture of the poet, made by the talented Italian, Urbano Lucchesi.

A short walk away from Piazza Shelley is La Passeggiata di Viareggio. The promenade’s name refers to the Italian tradition of leisurely walks with the family, so join the locals for a stroll. Enjoy a typical Italian espresso, pizza or pasta marinara in one of the bistros. On a hot summer’s day, eat a gelato and sit in the shade, just like Giacomo Puccini used to do when he composed his operas here.

Don’t miss the Statue of Burlamacco. The big clown promotes the Carnival of Viareggio, a local tradition since 1873. The elaborate annual spectacle of street parades and cabaret around February attracts large crowds from all over the world.

The Pineta Viareggio is the town’s pine forest and is divided into two areas. Explore the Western Forest, in the center of town, on foot or hop on a pony-drawn carriage. The Eastern Forest is 7 miles (12 kilometers) away and houses Villa Borbone, a historic mansion with art exhibits and cultural performances.

Viareggio is just 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Florence and 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Pisa, which has the nearest airport. If you have a car, you may want to take a short drive out to Torre del Lago, where Puccini was buried. Don’t miss the open-air theater shows of Festival Puccini if you are visiting in July or August.

Top Hotels in Viareggio

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mercure Viareggio
Mercure Viareggio
4 out of 5
Viale Einaudi, Viareggio, LU
$62
per night
Dec 14 - Dec 15

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Cittadella del Carnevale and Viareggio Beach. Museo del Carnevale and Pontile di Lido di Camaiore ...

4.1/5Very Good! (323 reviews)

"Hotel je lepo moderno urejen. Velik parkirni prostor. Sobe lepe, čiste. Osebje prijazno."…"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

Mercure Viareggio
Sina Astor
Sina Astor
4 out of 5
Viale Giosue' Carducci, 54, Viareggio, LU
$80
per night
Jan 2 - Jan 3

This family-friendly Viareggio hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from Passeggiata di Viareggio and Viareggio Beach. Pineta di Ponente and Piazza ...

4.1/5Very Good! (294 reviews)

"The main criticism of the hotel is concerning the resaurant. The menu was varied but only changed once per week and then in fact by very little, meaning that eating became repetitive. The other problem may only have effected our room but whenever anyone used the toilet in the adjacent room we could ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Sina Astor
Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte
Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte
5 out of 5
Piazza Puccini 1, Viareggio, LU
$114
per night
Dec 26 - Dec 27

Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is steps from Passeggiata di Viareggio and Viareggio Beach. Pineta di Ponente and Piazza Maria Luisa are also within 5 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (233 reviews)

"The staff was very helpful, and the location was beautiful!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

Popular things to do in Viareggio

Passeggiata di Viareggio
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Passeggiata di Viareggio

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Viareggio’s promenade with hotels, shops, bars and restaurants lies between the last row of buildings and the blue waters of the Mediterranean.  

Villa Puccini
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Villa Puccini

Experience the intimate atmosphere of the lakeside home where one of Italy’s great composers produced many of his greatest works.

Statue of Burlamacco
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Statue of Burlamacco

No visit to Viareggio is complete without seeing the city’s clown statue. Stroll along the waterfront with this colorful character watching over you. 

Pineta di Ponente
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Pineta di Ponente

Just steps away from the beach, take a break from the bustle of Viareggio in its pine forest. Enjoy a relaxing stroll, a scenic bike ride, or go camping. 

War Memorial of Viareggio
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War Memorial of Viareggio

Because of its frank depiction of the suffering during wartime, this bold statue is nothing like the heroic war memorials typically found throughout Europe.  

Villa Paolina
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Villa Paolina

Visit the historic summer residence of Paolina Borghese Bonaparte, the sister of Napoleon. The building now hosts a number of museums and rotating exhibitions. 

Top activities in Viareggio

Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Viareggio
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Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Viareggio

$160

Private cooking class in a local home with a certified home cook. Learn local recipes and taste everything you've made with wines included. Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks.

Market, Cook and dine at a Cesarina's home in Viareggio
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Market, Cook and dine at a Cesarina's home in Viareggio

$190

Tour the vibrant local market and immerse yourself in aprivate cooking class in a local home with a certified home cook. Learn local recipes and taste everything you've made with wines included. Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks.

Dining experience at a Cesarina's home in Viareggio
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Dining experience at a Cesarina's home in Viareggio

$94

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a Cesarina's home, enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Market tour, lunch/dinner at a Cesarina's home in Viareggio
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Market tour, lunch/dinner at a Cesarina's home in Viareggio

$160

Tour the vibrant local market and immerse yourself in aprivate lunch or dinner in a local home with a certified home cook. Enjoy an exclusive cooking demo and taste local recipes with wines included. Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks.

Pisa Half-Day Tour
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Pisa Half-Day Tour

$55

Travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to Pisa on this half-day tour from Florence. Explore the architectural magnificence of the Piazza dei Miracoli—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pose for photos with the iconic Leaning Tower, and learn about the construction of this famous monument.

Villa Garzoni Garden and Butterfly House Entrance Ticket
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Villa Garzoni Garden and Butterfly House Entrance Ticket

$12

Visit: Storico Giardino Garzoni - Casa delle Farfalle, Via Della Vittoria 1, 51014 Collodi, Pescia Italy The Garzoni Garden forms a single complex with the Villa (currently undergoing restoration and closed to the public) which stands beside it and partially overlooks it.

Reviews of Viareggio

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 22, 2019

Strongly recommend this hotel

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

Is a beautiful city.

5/5 - Excellent

LL

Jul 18, 2019

Fun! Lovely time on the beach. We rented chairs and umbrellas. Great restaurants for lunch , dinner, ice cream walks and biking (we rented bikes from our hotel) and shopping along the promenade.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 12, 2019

The beach town had such a fun vibe. We loved how lively it was. Great place to stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 26, 2019

Viareggio is a very pleasant beach town with clean beaches, a long and wide walkable promenade away from traffic, many restaurants, shops, gelato shops, etc. It’s not overcome by tourists which makes it calm and relaxing.

5/5 - Excellent

Christy

Sep 17, 2018

There is a beautiful large park, that I think translates to 'little countryside.' Loads of people in Viareggio rode their bikes, both in this park and along the streets and boardwalk.