Viareggio: Capital of the Italian Carnival

In Italy, the month of February is dedicated to celebrating Carnival.  Many towns in Tuscany host traditional processions of allegorical floats and the streets are fitted out in a festive atmosphere. The Carnival of Viareggio is the most famous carnival in Tuscany and in Italy. The History of Carnival of Viareggio dates back to 1873 .

The mask of Burlamacco(clown-like figure), accompanied by his partner Ondina, has always been the symbol of Carnival celebrations in the city. It became so strong tradition to dress up in a very vivid and exquisite way. It is an occasion for locals to meet each other, chat together and enjoy together.

You can reach to Viareggio by train from Bologna and Milan its almost 2 hrs journey from Bologna by trains. Its 20 mins from Pisa by train or by car.

The Carnival in Viareggio is one of the best in Italy and the atmosphere is so festive and filled with the spirit of carnival. The themes of the carnival from Politics to social issues covers it very well. The normal ticket to enter is 20 Euros, You can buy at the counter but you can buy tickets online as well (

Viareggio Carnival is the ideal place to encounter different people and cultures. The raw material of the Carnival of Viareggio is papier-mâché or rather the paper mold. The parade, fireworks, lively atmosphere make this festival so amazing and lively.

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