The Tuscany region is a truly interesting town in Italy. It has what is known as one of the oldest festivals that date back to the 19th Century. The Lucca Carnival is just something you have to experience; like many festivals all over the world, you attend to truly experience it. By luxury car or by plane, you simply have to visit Viareggio for it.
If you’re sold on visiting the Carnival, make arrangements for staying over in Viareggio. You should also expect these few events when visiting the town.
A Month-Long Event
The Viareggio carnival features a lot of sights and sounds that may have evolved over time. These days, pop culture fare as well as traditional sights is seen during the festival. Viareggio also has its own Fat Tuesday—the Mardi Gras or Martedi Grasso. If you’re going to the festival, it’s best that you prepare yourself for the onslaught of people you’ll be sharing the road with.
It’s a day to be foolish
Just like the Mardi Gras in the US, the Carnival de Viareggio is one day where the more colorful your clothes are, the more festive you are. It’s a chance to let your inhibitions go and take the day in as you are—a child once upon a time. Wearing silly costumes is a good idea for visitors, and if you want to be noticed, dress up foolishly. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to let yourself go!
The places near Viareggio
Viareggio is a town situated near Lucca, Florence, and Pisa. It’s better to take the train as well as any other transportation available—public transport, buses, or even a private, rented luxury car. If you want to drive, you’re going to have to shell up 8E at the front. It’s better to take the train if you want to save on costs, or better yet, leave the cars at home and walk. Experience the city and festival on foot!
The modern Carnival
The Citadel of the Viareggio Carnival may be a more recent creation, but it’s one of the many sites you should visit when going to Viareggio. The best time to visit the structure would be during festival week, when it’s busy. The structure houses the many workers and their creations for the festival. It’s very easy to visit as well; if you’re staying in Viareggio, it is right next to the highway exit.
The colors and the creations
Viareggio’s Carnival wouldn’t be what it is without the many paper-mache creations that dot the parades, floats, as well as those carried by the people. There is a tour that features a lesson on the created paper figurines as well as how to create your own paper mache. Your creativity can take the driver’s seat this time as you think of the various designs you can make up.
The colors of the night
Viareggio’s Carnival doesn’t just happen during the day. It’s when night arrives that the Carnival comes fully alive. Sounds fill the air and there are sealed-off streets as revelers walk the many pathways during these ‘rioni,’ or night festivals. Here you can savor the different food of Viareggio—most are pasta creations featuring the Viareggio festival as presented by gastronomic artisans.
Viareggio has a lot to offer than just the sights and sounds of the Carnival, but the event is the biggest crowd-drawer. Study up and know what you want before you go to Viareggio!