Summer Carnevale in Viareggio Italy

Carnevale Via Reggio Italy

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Viareggio

Viareggio (Photo credit: m.aquila)

Statue of Burlamacco on Belvedere delle Maschere

Statue of Burlamacco on Belvedere delle Maschere (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Promotional cinderella stamp from Ita...

English: Promotional cinderella stamp from Italy, 1931: Carnival of Viareggio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Viareggio is a swanky Tuscan beach town on the west coast of the Tyrrenhian sea in Italy.  The beautiful beaches and a Passeggiata or promenade is brimming with charming cafés and shops. These attributes have earned Viareggio the well-deserved title: “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea” with Burlamacco as her master of ceremonies!

Summer Carnival 2015
Viareggio: August  14, 15 and 16 at Square Maria Luisa
www.ilcarnevale.com

During the Summer Carnvale in mid-August, you can see some of the Viareggio’s carnival papier-mâché floats built for the February parade on the promenade.  The parade will begin on the promenade at 8.30 pm leaving from the Carnival citadel. “La Cittadella del Carnevale is the place where the “papier – mâché Masters” set up the  huge Carnival floats. The complex has a specific architectural structure,  it is a real yard composed by 16 warehouses, a Carnival- museum,  Carnevalotto Museum for contemporary art, an hystorical archive, a restaurant and a big central elliptical square, a magic scenario to host shows. This is the area where some of the most important events of Viareggio take place, like summer concerts, parties and dance shows.” Then they will pass from Viale Einaudi, Viale Belluomini and Viale Carducci. The last stop is in Piazza Mazzini. The entrance to the Belvedere delle Maschere is expected around 10.30 pm.

Check it out: https://www.fest300.com/festivals/viareggio-carnevale

Official website: http://viareggio.ilcarnevale.com/

Viareggio nel cuore

Viareggio nel cuore (Photo credit: vinric)

Viareggio

Viareggio (Photo credit: see.lauren)

Stay at the elegant and luxurious Grand Hotel Principe Piemonte. The historic Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte, is a prestigious 4-star hotel on Viareggio’s seafront. It is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and the Great Hotels of the World. The Grand Dame of Viareggio was built in the early 1920s. The hotel underwent  a two-year restoration which brought it back to its former splendour. It re-opened in 2004. Dine at the Michelin rated Il Piccolo Principe. www.principedipiemonte.com. I loved the stained-glass doorway and Art Nouveau facade!

Grand Hotel Principe Piemonte in Viareggio Italy

English: Principe di Piemonte, Viareggio

English: Principe di Piemonte, Viareggio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beach Guido in Viareggio Italy

This town is located in the province of Lucca. It is the home well-maintained beaches and the famous carnival of Viareggio.

The event dates back to 1873. Elaborate papier-mâché floats parade along the promenade known as “Passeggiata a mare”, in the weeks preceding Easter.

Fountain in Viareggio Italy

The symbol of the carnival of Viareggio and its official mask is Burlamacco, designed and invented by Uberto Bonetti in 1930.

One of the most exciting times to visit is during Carnevale di Viareggio. Watch this video to see what this event:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siak0NgyApE&feature=related

Viareggio Carnival 2007

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If you go to Viareggio, you will have an opportunity to meet the town’s most famous character, Burlamacco. He is the official Carnival representative and was concieved by Uberto Bonetti in 1930. Check out his statue on the boardwalk made by Renato Galli.

Burlamacco in Viareggio Italy

Burlamacco in ViaReggio Italy

The town is well-know for incredible Art Nouveau architecture and outstanding seafood restaurants.

Relas at the seashore at one of the beautiful beaches or stroll along the promenade, the “Passeggiata a mare.”

Beach at Viareggio Italy

I love Viareggio Italy

There are plenty of interesting shops and restaurants. They even have an outdoor market on the promenade. I bought one of my favorite scarves there!

Summer carnival manifesto

 

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

Here’s a video link: http://viareggio.ilcarnevale.com/en/

Read more about Viareggio Carnival in these posts:

The Hotels Excelsior (right) and Principe di P...

The Hotels Excelsior (right) and Principe di Piemonte (left). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carnevale di viareggio 2008, uer iz de party

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Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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