Viareggio is a picturesque and pristine place of sophistication and splendour. Serene stretches of fine golden sand tumble into the iridescent waters below, while expensive yachts glitter in the sophisticated marina. Behind the blissful beaches, majestic pine woods unfurl like cats on a soft rug, providing excellent hiking trails that are sure to reveal fascinating flora and fauna. Viareggio’s most famous cultural expression is the Carnival di Viareggio, a bright and bursting affair in which dancing and delicacies are celebrated en masse.
Viareggio has allured some regal and resplendent visitors during its peak as a luxurious holiday resort. Testament to this are the stunning selection of villas, commissioned by a variety of famous personages; Villa Paolina is a beautiful baroque structure commissioned by Napoleon’s sister in the early 19th century. Admire the liberty-style façade and grand opulence of this imperial structure.
To enjoy more venerated villas and a selection of sophisticated shops and bespoke boutiques, wander the Promenade for cultural immersion and wonderful sea views.
Immerse yourself in the bright colours and raucous charisma of the carnival with a visit to Museo Cittadella del Carnevale. In this colourful collection, floats, masks and paintings comprise an excellent exhibition that explores the past and present of the carnival.
With an impeccable chic interior and sublime service, Romano Restaurant is an obvious choice of dining destination. A creative and classic menu revolves around dishes using freshly caught fish, however other Italian signature specialities can also be sampled. Savour the rich and robust flavours of grilled sardines, garlic grilled prawns and creamy seafood pasta for a delicious dining experience. (Via Giuseppe Mazzini, 120, 55049 Viareggio LU, Italy)