|History/Info (of the region):
Viareggio is the most important bathing resort on the Tuscan coast
with a 10 km. long beach and over 100 bathing establishments, offering
visitors a wide choice for relaxation and entertainment. The town -
home of Lorenzo Viani, the composer Giacomo Puccini and the writer
Mario Tobino - is surrounded by the hillside, the Apuan Alps and the
lake of Massaciuccoli; it provides a unique ensemble featuring
pinewoods, a colourful harbour, shipyards and a 3 km- long promenade
with superb shops, cinemas and a theatre; here the Carnival of
Viareggio the most famous in Italy.
Until the nineteenth century Viareggio was a small seaman's and
fisherman's village. It was born astride the Burlamacca Canal, which
runs from the inland area directly to the sea and divides the whole
area into two parts with its docks and the port which today enjoys a
great deal of commercial, industrial, and tourist activity.
The walk along the jetty is especially beautiful. It runs alongside
the Burlamacca Canal and extends out into the open sea for almost a
kilometer. The city has two pinewoods. One is located in the urban
center and is known by the name of Pineta di Ponente. It has all the
characteristics of a public park. The other is called Pineta di
Levante. It begins at the docks and extends for 6 kilometers as far as
Torre del Lago. It is still in its natural state with luxuriant
vegetation and thick undergrowth. The Viale dei Tigli, a magnificent
panoramic avenue, crosses it in its entire length.
Viareggio is the capital of the Italian Carnival. The Viareggio
Carnival had its beginning at the end of the eneteenth century. lt is
now a unique tradition, with its mesked procession that witness the
parade of giant paper-marchè.
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- Take A12 into Viareggio.
- Take the exit for A11 and get on A11 heading west.
- In about 1km take the exit for SS1 south.
- In appx. 3km take the exit for Via dei Pioppi. Take a left at the end
of the ramp.
- At the interesection with Via di Montramito take a right.
- In about 3km you'll get into the heart of Viareggio and what appears
to be a pretty complex intersection. What you'll want to do here is take a
left onto Via Circonvallazione.
- In about 300m take a left onto Via Nazionale Aurelia Sud.
- In 1.8km take a right onto Via dei Comparini
- Take that road 2.3km to the end where the road turns right and becomes
- In 1km turn left which will take you out to the Porto di Viareggio