5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerOct 22, 2019
Strongly recommend this hotel
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.
Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019
Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019
Viareggio’s promenade with hotels, shops, bars and restaurants lies between the last row of buildings and the blue waters of the Mediterranean.
Experience the intimate atmosphere of the lakeside home where one of Italy’s great composers produced many of his greatest works.
No visit to Viareggio is complete without seeing the city’s clown statue. Stroll along the waterfront with this colorful character watching over you.
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.
Because of its frank depiction of the suffering during wartime, this bold statue is nothing like the heroic war memorials typically found throughout Europe.
Visit the historic summer residence of Paolina Borghese Bonaparte, the sister of Napoleon. The building now hosts a number of museums and rotating exhibitions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ChristySep 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.