Viareggio Carnevale

A colourful celebration with over 1 million people lining Viareggio's streets

Known 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.

Getting here by train

Viareggio's train station is conveniently located in the town centre, just 500m away from the coast. If you don't fancy the walk, then there is a bus leaving from outside the station building, to take you directly into the centre.

Location map

Map showing the location of Viareggio Carnevale

Visitor information table

AddressLa Passeggiata, 55049 Comune di Viareggio
Telephone+39 (0) 584 1840750
Dates February

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