Sights of Viareggio

The Tuscan coastal town of Viareggio is well-known for sun, beach, nightlife and carnival celebrations. If you are planning a holiday in the popular seaside resort, you should nonetheless take at least a day to explore the sights of Viareggio, because there are quite a few.

If you just want to feel the charm of the city, you should stroll through the many small streets. Despite the urban ambience, there are lovely nooks and corners everywhere, where you can find the typical Italian Art Nouveau architecture.

 

One of the sights of Viareggio is definitely Chalet Martini, the only wooden building that survived the great fire of 1917, which destroyed almost all wooden structures. You should also visit Magazzini Duilio 48 and Hotel Principe del Piemonte with its lido.

The seafront of Viareggio invites you to take a walk and linger in one of its countless small cozy cafés and shops. Don’t forget to visit the famous Gran Cafe Margherita, which can be seen from afar with its two towers, and is definitely one of the most photographed sights of Viareggio.

 

If you have had enough of the beach, you should check out the Pineta del Ponente Park, the remains of a former large pine forest, a great place for relaxation in the shade.

A short walk to the large pier is also recommended, as it extends more than 500 meters into the sea.

 

In the building called La Citadella del Carnevale you can visit the carnival museum with some small replicas of the colourful floats. The floats for the parades are also built and decorated here, so this is really one of the sights of Viareggio that you shouldn’t miss.

At the Musei civici in Villa Paolina, Paolina Borghese’s former summer villa, you can find three must-see collections: the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Musical Instruments.

 

Just a few kilometres southeast of Viareggio, in the town Torre del Lago, Villa Puccini is located, a museum and memorial dedicated to the famous composer, built in his former lakeside home. Giacomo Puccini was fascinated by the landscape around the lake and rented two rooms in this villa in 1891. After the success of his opera Tosca, he bought the villa and lived there until his death in 1924.

 

Anyone who walks through the coastal town with open eyes and interested in the sights of Viareggio will quickly realize that the town has much more to offer than just beaches, sea and an exciting nightlife.