VIAREGGIO AND THE CARNIVAL
A very special Carnival takes place in Viareggio in February – special because it lasts for four weeks instead of three! The people of Viareggio don’t take their annual holidays in August like everyone else in Italy, but in February, so they can enjoy the parades on the seafront and the district parties to the full. Carnival became a non-profit-making foundation with a “citadel” entirely dedicated to building floats made of papier-mâché and fresh flowers, the most spectacular of which will win first prize.
There are papier-mâché workshops for adults and children in the citadel. The month of February is ideal for travelling, the days are longer and the temperature is mild with sunny days, especially in this part of Tuscany. The mimosa trees are in flower giving Viareggio, already famous for its Art Nouveau, a special atmosphere. Only 20 minutes from Lucca, 20 minutes from the Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa and 10 minutes from Torre del Lago with Puccini’s house and boat trips on the lake. Pietrasanta and Carrara are also very close, for “full immersion” in the world of marble, while the port of La Spezia is just 20 minutes away and is the departure point for the Cinque Terre excursion.
- You can go to Viareggio by train. The station is on the Pisa-Genova line and the Viareggio-Florence line and there’s a bus service to Torre del Lago. For Carrara you need a car.
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