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Holidays to Viareggio are perfect for those looking to combine a beach holiday with a cultural adventure. Golden beaches meet Art Déco architecture in one of the best known Tuscan beach resorts. Touring the surrounding areas, you’ll come face to face with Pisa, home of the famous leaning tower, and the medieval town of Lucca, where you can immerse yourself in Italian history.
Viareggio was once the go to destination for Italy’s rich and famous. The composer Puccini lived here in the early 1900s and the villa he built now houses a museum dedicated to his life and music. Nowadays, Viareggio attracts a wide range of holidaymakers. As dusk approaches, many tourists join the locals on their passeggiata, or evening walk along the seafront promenade. Here, families and friends come together and socialise, sometimes sharing a glass of wine or a gelato along the way.
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Our holidays to Viareggio start at the beach. The 10 kilometre coastline offers a mixture of public and privately owned beaches. The latter charge an entry fee, in exchange for a sun lounger, and full use of the toilet and changing facilities. Try the Lido di Camaiore, situated between Viareggio and Marina di Pietrasanta. Here, you can look up at the marbled landscape of the Apuan Alps as you relax on the seashore.
If you want to take a break from the sun, Viareggio’s very own pine forest is minutes from the beach. In the Pineta di Pontente you can take a stroll through Mediterranean pine trees, play tennis and mini golf or visit the Villa Borbone, a three storey palace which is now used for exhibitions and conferences.
To get a flavour of Viareggio’s Art Nouveau architecture, head to Gran Caffè Margherita. This beautiful building showcases the stylish Art Déco era inside and out.
Viareggio’s beaches and city based attractions give holidaymakers a wealth of things to do. You can visit exceptional beaches like La Lecciona with its rolling dunes, or landmarks such as L’attesa, a bronze statue found on the town quay and La Cittadella, where the floats for the Carnevale di Viareggio are set up.
There’s lots to explore in the surrounding regions too. Pisa is only 20 minutes away by train and in the Campo dei Miracoli, or Field of Miracles you’ll find the leaning tower, the cathedral and the baptistry, all built in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
20 minutes by train towards the north of Tuscany is the medieval town of Lucca, which is situated at the foot of Apuan Alps. Explore the Basilica of San Frediano, the Clock Tower or take a walk along the old city walls, which is now a pedestrian promenade.
Italy has created some of the most delicious and popular dishes eaten across the world, and traditional Viareggio dishes don’t disappoint.
A visit to one of the leading coastal holiday resorts in Tuscany wouldn’t be complete without sampling the delicious seafood on offer. Cacciucco, or seafood stew or soup, is a warm and hearty dish with many regional variations. The Viareggina version sees small pieces of shellfish simmering in a fish stock along with white fish, garlic, white wine and tomato paste. Served with some rubbed garlic bread (try using a ciabatta), this dish goes perfectly with a chianti.
It’s considered a crime in Tuscany to throw away stale bread, so you’ll find it in many of the area’s traditional dishes. If you’re holidaying in Viareggio in the summer, try Panzanella, a delicious and refreshing cold salad made from stale ciabatta, tomatoes, cucumber and basil. It’s on the menu at most restaurants and cafés and a popular variation on the original recipe involves adding tuna and capers. Served with a red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing, it’s perfect for warm summer days.
Street food has risen in popularity all over the world in recent years, and nowhere more so than in Viareggio. Every year in July, the town holds a festival celebrating the art of street food, where Chefs from all over Italy come and prepare street food from their regions. During the four days of the festival, you’ll be able to sample traditional local food like fried calamari, prawns and mouth-watering pizza. For those with a more adventurous pallet, try a Lampredotto sandwich (the fourth stomach of a cow) or Arrosticini, which are kebabs made with lamb and octopus.