Tourist Attractions Viareggio

Viareggio‘s biggest tourist attractions are its beautiful beaches and its carnival, but lovers of architecture can also admire the villas and the art niveau hotels. The harbor is one of the most interesting of its kind in Italy. Several of the main sights are located in Torre del Lago Puccini, a frazione of Viareggio itself. Continue reading “Tourist Attractions Viareggio”

Modern and Contemporary Art Museum Viareggio

Viareggio‘s GAMC (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum) is a contemporary art space in the center of town. A big part of the collection of this museum is taken up by the local artist  Lorenzo Viani. The entire collection consists of more than 3000 works by 20th century European artists. Continue reading “Modern and Contemporary Art Museum Viareggio”

Villa Borbone Viareggio

The Villa Borbone is a beautiful nineteenth century building in the frazione Torre del Lago of Viareggio. The building is surrounded by a large park with a central driveway, a garden and groves with walking paths. Nowadays the villa is owned by the Municipality of Viareggio and hosts conferences, art exhibitions and other cultural events. Continue reading “Villa Borbone Viareggio”

Torre Matilde Viareggio

The Torre Matilde is the oldest building in Viareggio and is considered to be the symbol of the city. Built as a watchtower, it later became a prison and is now a cultural centre. In the 18th century the tower survived being struck by lightning, an event which is still commemmorated every year. Continue reading “Torre Matilde Viareggio”

Viareggio

Viareggio is the second biggest city in the province of Lucca in Tuscany. It is one of Italy’s best known beach destinations and is also famous for its carnival. Apart from tourism, the most important industry in this coastal town is ship-building and reparation. Viareggio has more than 60,000 inhabitants.

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Tourist information

The tourist office (Centro Informazioni Turistiche) is located in the Via Carducci, 10 (tel. +39 0584962233).

By car/public transport

By public transport: The two nearest airports are Pisa‘s Galileo Galilei and Florence‘s Amerigo Vespucci. Viareggio is locates on three train lines, starting with the coastal RomeVentimiglia line. The other two are the MilanLivorno and the FlorenceViareggio lines.

By car: From Rome you follow the SS1 (Via Aurelia) to the north. You can also take the highway A1 to Florence and then the A11 to Viareggio. From Genova you take the A12 and from Milan first the A1 to Parma, the the A15 to Santo Stefano Magra and finally the A12.

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Historical Sail Boat Gathering

Historica Sail Boats Viareggio

From October 17th till October 20th the annual Historical Gathering of Sailing Boats will take place in Viareggio. You can admire some of the most beautiful historical vessels dating from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1970’s. (More information about the Raduno Vele Storiche di Viareggio.)

History

Torre Matilde Viareggio
Torre Matilde

The foundation of Viareggio dates back to the twelfth century, when the inhabitants of nearby Lucca built the port of Motrone and a defense tower near the Via Regia. The name probably derives from Castrum Viaregii, or “Castle on the Via Regia”.

Long disputed between Pisa and Lucca, in 1175 at the behest of Barbarossa it became an imperial city. It belonged for a long time to the Republic of Lucca.

In 1534 the old castle was replaced by a fortress, which in 1617 became the seat of the coastal vicariate.

However, it was not until the 18th century that the city became really influential. Subsequently, in 1823 the small village was made into a city by Maria Luisa Borbone.

In 1861, when Giuseppe Barellai founded two marine hospices, which set the beginnings of the present seaside resort in motion.

Tourist Attractions Viareggio

Viareggio has some interesting monuments, such as the Torre Matilde, a tower which is seens as symbol of the city. The Balena Beach Establishment and the Teatro Margherita are examples of art nouveau architecture. In the Municipality of Torre del Lago Puccini you can visit the Puccini House Museum and the tomb of the famous composer.

Viareggio, Povince of Lucca, Tuscany