Viareggio CarnevaleKnown for its grand parades of large papier-maché floats, it is second in Italy only to Venice's annual carnival. This is a spectacular event that takes place over the four Sundays leading up to lent and involves some of the most adventurous and grand floats around! Spectators can line up (normally you will need a ticket to get near the procession line, so make sure you get these in advance) and watch displays which have been months in the making, pass by during this truly feel-good event. Floats have been known to be up to 20 metres tall and 14 metres wide, so on that scale there's certainly no missing them.
The parades take place around a 2km circuit of the seaside avenue of Viareggio, better known as La Passeggiata. During the carnival period the whole town joins in with cafes, bars and restaurants all serving specially adapted menus and offers. You could also attend one of the famous masked balls or just enjoy the spectacular firework displays.