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Hotels in Viareggio

A town in northern Tuscany in Italy, Viareggo is situated on the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is deservedly known as the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian. One of the most traditional seaside resorts in Tuscany, Viareggio has it all: wide, endless beaches, fine cuisine and an exciting night-life. Within this ideal holiday resort for all ages, there are Viareggio hotels to suit a variety of budgets and tastes.

History

Beginning life as a fishing village, Viareggio dates back to the first half of the 16th century, when it became the only gate to the sea for the Republic of Lucca. The oldest building still standing in the town, Torre Matilde was built at this time by the Lucchesi in 1541 as a defensive fortification. Later, the town became well-known for shipbuilding until the mid-19th century, when it was developed as a seaside resort.

There are a number of prominent villas throughout the town, all of which offer beautiful examples of fine architecture. Villa Paolina was commissioned by Napoleon's sister in 1822, while Villa Amore is the first of several Liberty-style villas to be built in 1909. One of the best examples of a Liberty-style villa is Villino Flore, which was built in 1912. Puccini's last villa is on Via Belluomini, around the corner from Grand Hotel Principe del Piemonte.

The Museo Cittadella del Carnevale, or Carnival Citadel Museum, is dedicated solely to the town's most famous event, the Carnevale di Viareggio. Here, visitors can see a collection of floats, masks, carnival postcards, and other memorabilia relating to the festival.

Activities

The beach is the main attraction at Viareggio. With soft sand sloping gently towards the sea and plenty of space, it's ideal for families with young children. The long promenade running alongside the beach is lined with boutiques, cafés, bars, galleries and more.

A short walk from the beach is the Pineta di Ponente, a large pine forest perfect for walking, cycling, running and other activities. Pineta di Levante is a second forest, on the other side of the town.

Carnevale

The Carnevale di Viareggio is one of the oldest and best-loved carnivals in the whole of Italy as well as the rest of Europe. The parade's papier-mâché floats depicting caricatures of popular people, such as politicians, showmen and sportsmen, roll along the promenade in the weeks preceding Easter.

Food and drink

A plethora of restaurants, cafés and bars mean that no matter what your taste in food, there is something for all. There are high-class restaurants, traditional pizzerias, trattorias, bistros and food markets galore. Seafood is particularly popular within the town, given its heritage, and cacciucco (a famous Italian fish chowder) is found everywhere, including Nitens or Laltrolato. For excellent pizza and pasta dishes, visit the Pizzeria II Piccolo Flaminio and try Punto Birra for some excellent craft beers.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Viareggio

What are the best hotels to stay in Viareggio?

According to our booking data, one of the most booked hotels in Viareggio is Mercure Viareggio.

What are the most convenient hotel rates in Viareggio?

The lowest price for a double room in Viareggio is £50.

What hotels are in the central Viareggio neighborhood?

If you want to stay near the center of Viareggio, you can consider staying at Hotel Albachiara, Hotel London and Hotel Eden.

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