Viareggio, Italy

Viareggio Italy is a wonderful and exciting city for travelers coming from all over the world. It is famous for being a classic seaside resort and for being host to the well known carnival of Viareggio, which dates as far back as 1873. In this wonderful city, you will see papier-mâché floats, which have been parading down the promenade during the weeks coming up to Easter since 1925.

Viareggio is a small city that is located in Tuscany, which is in the beautiful country of Italy. It can be found in Versilia, which resides in the province of Lucca. It is surrounded by a number of beautiful and appealing cities and beach towns, and is situated on the stunning Mar Tirreno.

Carnival of Viareggio, ItalyThe city has its origins in the first half of the 16th century, at which time it became the only means of accessing the ocean for the Republic of Lucca. The Torre Matilde is the oldest historical building in the city and was constructed by the famous Lucchesi back in 1541. It was built to be a defensive fortification, which would be used specifically to battle the constant manace of corsair incursions.

Viareggio is known for its industrial and manufacturing contributions. It has an active shipbuilding industry and is home to prolific shipyards. Its shipbuilding industry is world famous and has been since the beginning of the 19th century. At this time, craftsmen in the city would build small fishing vessels down the banks of the Burlamacca canal. Overtime, this small shipbuilding craft grew into an internationally acclaimed center. The city also has fishing and floricultural industries, which are also primary sectors to the city’s economy, as well as a tourism industry, commerce and services.

In addition to the famous carnival, Viareggio is also host to the Premio letterario Viareggio Répaci for literature, which was founded in 1929. Furthermore, it is host to the Festival Gaber, which has taken place every August since 2004 to commemorate Giorgio Gaber. This amazing festival is commonly attended by numerous high profile Italian musicians.

The Passeggiata or promenade was introduced during the beginning of the 20th century. It is a popular area for tourists as well as locals, for its cafés and shops, and is aiding in building a reputation for the city to be known as the “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea”.

Viareggio has a mild climate throughout the year. The summers can be rather hot when the Tuscan Sun is shining down in full force. June and August are the warmest months of the year, and December, January and February, are the coldest months. The summers get their fair share of intense sunshine, and rainfall during these summer months comes in the form of short and very strong thunderstorms. The winters see much more rainfall and cloudy days and the temperature is quite cool during these months but not too cold. Rainfall is quite common at any time of the year due to the city’s location being so close to the sea.

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